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Whale Meat Again

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Whale Meat Again

All aboard this ship of fools,
all aboard she's sailing,
all aboard this ship of fools,
for we are going a' whaling.

From the harbour our course we keep,
for the distant Antarctic water,
to find the leviathans of the deep,
and begin our bloody slaughter.

All aboard this ship of fools,
all aboard she's sailing,
all aboard this ship of fools,
for we are going a' whaling.

We say there is a scientific need,
to study these magnificent beings
we harpoon them, and watch them bleed,
as before our ship they're fleeing.

All aboard this ship of fools,
all aboard she's sailing,
all aboard this ship of fools,
for we are going a' whaling.

And still our leaders, they entreat
that we do this for the good of science,
but really it is for their meat,
that we kill these gentle giants

All aboard this ship of fools,
all aboard she's sailing,
all aboard this ship of fools,
for we are going a' whaling.
 

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  1. Date: 5/11/2012 1:38:00 PM
    Amazing poem going straight to the favorites. Love the atmospheric, brackish feel of this one. Reminded me of the novel Moby Dick a bit. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 5/9/2012 1:04:00 PM
    Tom i'm on my way..David

    Higgins Avatar Tom Higgins
    Date: 5/9/2012 1:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I thank you for reading my verse David. I wrote the chorus after a discussion with a religious zealot, who called me a fool for not believing what I am told! The rest came as I thought about who might crew a ship of fools. Ten minutes later, end result, I think it would make a good song for a folk club. I have sent it to the Sea Shepherd charity.