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The Ship Will Leave Tonight

Farewell then, girl
And take care
I admit, my heart
Gives some kind of stitch
While I am kissing you now
I love you
But the ship will leave tonight
But the ship will leave tonight

We met in fun
We were romanticising a little
But that, that was foolishness
At once it became serious
And you became everything to me
Now there is only you
But the ship will leave tonight
Yes, the ship will leave tonight

We are making a plan
We are dreaming a dream
We are struggling through
In face of headwind and back current
Towards what we desire so badly
Then suddenly we see
That the ship will leave tonight
Yes, the ship will leave tonight

The evening in the sign of the new moon
Two are standing at the quay in the dark
Girl and man
One from the sea - one from ashore
Everything is said, they are only standing around
Silently
Eventually she says:

"Farewell then, my friend, take care of yourself
I think that you were so fine and pure"
"And I will be faithful to you
My life became the two of us
But the ship will leave tonight"
"But the ship will leave tonight"


Although I am yours
With soul an body
And now I can cause an uproar
And rebel
Against what, I know, will happen
And cry and beg
Because the ship will leave tonight
Yes, the ship will leave tonight

At once the world is standing still
One hears the signal bell strike
One's hope lies broken, every single one
We people decide so little

We believe that happiness
Is firm and solid
It is only on a shore leave
For an unknown time
Because everything we own has to leave
We believe it is ours
But the ship will leave tonight
Yes, the ship will leave tonight

Original (Danish)

Farvel da, min tøs
Og hold dig nu kvik
Jeg tilstår, mit hjerte
Gi'r li'som et stik
Imens jeg kysser dig nu
Jeg elsker dig, du
Men skibet skal sejle i nat
Men skibet skal sejle i nat

Vi mødtes i sjov
Vi sværmede lidt
Men det, der var letsind
Blev alvor med ét
Og du blev alting for mig
Nu er der kun dig
Men skibet skal sejle i nat
Ja, skibet skal sejle i nat

Vi lægger en plan
Vi drømmer en drøm
Vi kæmper os fremad
Trods modvind og strøm
Mod det vi ønsker så hedt
Så ser vi med ét
At skibet skal sejle i nat
Ja, skibet skal sejle i nat

Aften i nymånens tegn
To står i mørket på kaj'n
Pige og mand
Én fra sø - én fra land
Alting er sagt, nu står de der kun
I tavshed
Til sidst siger hun:

»Farvel da, min ven, pas godt på dig selv
Jeg syn's, du har været så fin og reel«
»Og jeg vil være dig tro
Mit liv blev os to
Men skibet skal sejle i nat«
»Men skibet skal sejle i nat«


Endskønt jeg er din
Med sjæl og med krop
Og nu kan jeg larme
Og sætte mig op
Mod det, jeg ved, der skal ske
Og græde og be'
For skibet skal sejle i nat
Ja, skibet skal sejle i nat

På én gang går verden i stå
Man hører signalklokken slå
Ens håb ligger knust, hvert eneste et
Vi menn'sker bestemmer så lidt

Den lykke, vi tror
Er fast og solid
Den er kun på landlov
På ubestemt tid
For alt, vi ejer, skal bort
Vi tror, det er vort
Men skibet skal sejle i nat
Ja, skibet skal sejle i nat