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The Ghost Ship  Robyn Hitchcock











T[A]he Ghost Ship haunts the sea
to s[F#m]till come back and marry me
the[D] rust is where her heart should be tonight        [A]
he[D]r face is where her fingers were tonight           [A]

a [A]glassy checkered engine room
th[F#m]e speechless silence of the tomb
th[D]e manuscripts inside the womb unfurls_        [A]
a g[E]irl _

t[D]ranslucent as a jelly fish
that pa[A]lpitates upon a dish
she s[D]tings you with her gently f[A7]alling curl_     [E]

and sin[D]king in the waters green tonight_       [A]
I w[D]onder where my love has been tonight_          [A]

---repeat chords

The ghost ship changes course
and on the deck there stands a horse
who's munching on sardines and gorse and hay_
the captain draws a net across the bay_

The bubbles rising from the deep
where dead men sing themselves to sleep
from oak and coral they decieve to say_
okay_

you read my future like a chart
see through my skin into my heart
that flutters in my ribcage like a bird_

and the gho[D]st ship sails on in to some ones life_            [E]

---repeat chords

The air from bottles forms into
the skeletons of all the crew
in white they dance against the blue and wail_
their curling bodys flail around the sail_

The figure head before the mast
stares back into the golden past
across the wrinkled sea so vast, forlorn_
she moans_

and flutters 'round me like a moth
that beats against mosquito cloth
and trys to eat her way into my dreams_

and sinking in the waters green tonight_
I wonder where my love has been tonight_

---repeat chords

The melons on the riverbank
are bulging through decaying plank
the beauty is so warm and dank and light_
the captain wears a headless grin tonight_

and sillhoutted on a blue
the cook,the mate,the boseman too
they know not why or what they do at all_
they fall_

like masonry in the abyss
that opens every time we kiss
I hear their laughter echoe 'round the bay_
and the ghos[D]t ship sails on into someones life_            [E]

---continue with A7,E and variations that trail off 'til the end.

Leave it to R.H. to write such a dreamy song.
If anyone knows anymore Robyn, Please post them !
D.R.G.                          [--]

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