Song of the Day: A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates performed by Bono

This sea chantey, performed by Bono, can be found on the compilation album Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.

Lyrics:

Oh, wrap me in my country’s flag
And lay me in the cold, blue sea
Let the roaring of the waves
My solemn requiem be
And I shall sleep a pleasant sleep
While storms above their vigils keep

My Captain brave shall read for me
The service of the silent air
And yay, shall lower me in the waves
When all the prayers are said
And I will find my long, long home
Among the billows and the foam
Farewell my friends, for many I leave
We’ve sailed together on the deep
Come, let us shake our hands
I’ll sail no more but ship mains work for me

I’m bound above, my course is run
I near the port, my voyage is done

……

A haunting ballad of the 19th century whaling ships. As well as being musical, sailors often displayed great poetic ability, as in the lyrics of this powerful song.
Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys is a compilation album of sea shanties performed by artists representing a variety of genres, ranging from pop musicians like Sting and Bryan Ferry, to folk musicians, including Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy.

Bono

Background information
Birth name Paul David Hewson
Also known as Bono, Bono Vox
Born 10 May 1960 (age 53)
Dublin, Ireland
Origin Finglas, County Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock, post-punk, alternative rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, activist, philanthropist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts U2, Passengers
Website u2.com
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One Response to Song of the Day: A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates performed by Bono

  1. Pretty random but we wrote a sea song…like a sea love song in case you were interested at all…https://juniorchills.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/the-kraken/

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