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The Mariner's Revenge Song
by The Decemberists

We are two mariners
Our ships' sole survivors
In this belly of a whale
Its ribs are ceiling beams
Its guts are carpeting
I guess we have some time to kill

You may not remember me
I was a child of three
And you, a lad of eighteen
But I remember you
And I will relay to you
How our histories interweave

At the time you were
A rake and a roustabout
Spending all your money
On the whores and hounds
Oh

You had a charming air
All cheap and debonair
My widowed mother found so sweet
And so she took you in
Her sheets still warm with him
Now filled with filth and foul disease

As time wore on you proved
A debt-ridden drunken mess
Leaving my mother
A poor consumptive wretch
Oh, oh

And then you disappeared
Your gambling arrears
The only thing you left behind
And then the magistrate
Reclaimed our small estate
And my poor mother lost her mind

Then, one day in spring
My dear sweet mother died
But before she did
I took her hand as she, dying, cried
Oh, oh

"Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole
Until he wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave"

It took me fifteen years
To swallow all my tears
Among the urchins in the street
Until a priory
Took pity and hired me
To keep their vestry nice and neat

But never once in the employ
Of these holy men
Did I ever once turn my mind
From the thought of revenge
Oh, oh

One night I overheard
The prior exchanging words
With a penitent whaler from the sea
The captain of his ship
Who matched you toe to tip
Was known for wanton cruelty

The following day
I shipped to sea with a privateer
And in the whistle of the wind
I could almost hear
Oh, oh

"Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole
Until he wakes up, naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave

There is one thing I must say to you
As you sail across the sea
Always, your mother will watch over you
As you avenge this wicked deed"

And then, that fateful night
We had you in our sight
After twenty months at sea
Your starboard flank abeam
I was getting my muskets clean
When came this rumbling from beneath

The ocean shook
The sky went black
And the captain quailed
And before us grew
The angry jaws
Of a giant whale
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Don't know how I survived
The crew all was chewed alive
I must have slipped between his teeth
But, oh, what providence
What divine intelligence
That you should survive as well as me

It gives my heart great joy
To see your eyes fill with fear
So lean in close and I will whisper
The last words you'll hear
Oh, oh

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Colin Meloy

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Just a fool

Mariner: do you remember that little boy and his mother you screwed over?

Captain: you’re gonna have to be a bit more specific-

Snip Into A Slam Jam!

Instead of just this one, there's a massive croud of angry dudes, all having the same story and goal

Noah Balfour

@Indiana Grace "known for wanton creulty"

Indiana Grace

@Gwendolyn Jones LOL yeah!

Gwendolyn Jones

@Indiana Grace You have no idea the count he has at this point its unbelievable.

Indiana Grace

u mean he screwed over more than 1 little boy and mother?

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Eldritch God

Imagine being some pirate lad stuck in the gut of some creature and some kid you don’t remember tell you how you killed his mother

Agentes in Rebus

@ispumpkinking Another thing the guy did not just screw over the mother he screwed over the kid, I would have killed him not to avenge my mother, but because he made me homeless

MsQassis

@ispumpkinking #niceguy

Indiana Grace

@Alex Henderson why are u thinking about the story theme when its such a good song and all u have to be thinking about is that.

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