Mudcat Café message #1075017 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #30205   Message #1075017
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
17-Dec-03 - 10:25 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Sea Fever (Masefield/Andrews)
Subject: DT Correction: Sea Fever
"Sea Fever" in the DT is not quite accurate to the Masefield poem and there is a mis-heard word in 1st verse line 3.

(John Masefield)

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sails shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied,
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife:
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Source: Louis Untermeyer, "Modern British Poetry."

Words from a poem by John Masefield, music by Andy Taylor.

Recorded by Ed Trickett on "The Telling Takes Me Home", FSI-46

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