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The Ocean

This song is by Dar Williams and appears on the album Mortal City (1996).

When I went to your town
On the wide open shore,
Oh I must confess, I was drawn
I was drawn to the ocean,
I thought it spoke to me, it said, "Look at us,
We're not churches, not schools,
not skating ponds, swimming pools,
And we have lost people, haven't we though?"
Oh, that's what the ocean can know of a body,
And that's when I came back to town,

This town is a song about you.
You don't know how lucky you are,
you don't know how much I adore you,
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.

I went back to the ocean today,
With my books and my papers
I went to the rocks by the ocean,
But the weather changed quickly.
Oh the ocean said, "What are you trying to find?
I don't care, I'm not kind,
I've bludgeoned your sailors,
I've spat out their keepsakes."
Oh, it's ashes to ashes, but always the ocean.
But the ocean can't come to this town.

This town is a song about you.
You don't know how lucky you are,
You don't know how much I adore you,
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.

And the ones that can know you so well,
Are the ones that can swallow you whole.
I have a good, and I have an evil,
I thought the ocean, the ocean thought nothing,
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.

I didn't go back today. I wanted to show you,
That I was more land than water.
I went to pick flowers.
I brought them to you,
Look at me, look at them,
With their salt up the stem,
But you frowned when I smiled
And I tried to arrange them,

You said, "Let me tell you the song of this town,"
You said, "Everything closes at five.
After that, well, you just got the bars.

You don't know how precious you are,
Walking around with your little shoes dangling,
I am the one who lives with the ocean,

It's where we came from, you know,
And sometimes I just want to go back,
After a day, we drink 'til we're drowning,
Walk to the ocean, wade in with our workboots,
Wade in our workboots, try to finish the job.

You don't know how precious you are,
Walking around with your little shoes dangling,
You don't know how I am the one.
You don't know how I am the one."

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