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these ships are built, with once glorious and living trees
the metal locked in rocks, now freed feels the whipping breeze
now dormant, these nails are driven with purposeful blows
to face gales and white caps, being thrown ‘round by an outside force
a hand knows, with a heart close by,
that scoundrels will be on board, praying for their lives
so carefully, with knowledge only known to the masters
pound after pound, they prepare the wood for what it didn’t ask for
there from the east, i smell a salty breeze
that beckons me, to come sail, to come see the open sea
and from sea to shining sea, i will become
a man that i never thought i would be
so with my pack, a faulting courage, and a desire to flee
there i go, setting sail for the endless east
i follow others, both before me and beside me
we look for answers from anyone that will listen

they say that a ship in port is safe, but that’s not why it’s built
to weather storms that’ll rip you apart, thats why we sail
together we pray to both god and the sirens
to find out exactly where the world ends

with tales of old, of both saints and scoundrels
i listen to nightmares and valiant stories told
from leathered sailors who know more loss than i can fathom
depths of both the ocean and their hearts found within them
talk of whiskey and women, turn to god as well as their masks
questions never answered, from questions never asked
begging for forgiveness, a penance for sins committed
drowning sorrow after sorrow, with a stammer of repentance
i cast my lot, draw both the long and the short straw
and hope that my mind, my heart, and my courage won’t fall
i do my duty, with a mop full of tears
wondering what to do with my unfathomable fears
the future is unknown, but today is all that matters
with each crash against the side, we climb higher up the ladder
that jacob promised would lead us to the sky
but for now it only seems to have us retch over the side

they say that a ship in port is safe, but that’s not why it’s built
to weather storms that’ll rip you apart, that’s why we sail
together we pray to both god and the sirens
to find out exactly where the world ends x2

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from Tales from the Drink, released January 11, 2014

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Peter the Whaler Arkansas

This is the solo effort of Peter the Whaler, a founding member of the hip-hop collective BTNKS. He is obsessed with finding beauty in the small things, and loves stories–which can be seen in his dense lyrical storytelling. He grew up wanting to be a rapper, a psychologist, a wanderer, a writer, a poet, an artist, and a myriad of other things...and with this project, he attempts to do just that. ... more

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