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Eleventh Earl of Mar

This song is by Genesis and appears on the album Wind & Wuthering (1976).

The sun had been up for a couple of hours,
Covered the ground with a layer of gold
Spirits were high and the raining had stopped,
The larder was low, but boy that wasn't all
Eleventh Earl of Mar
Couldn't get them very far.

Daddy! Oh Daddy, you promised

Out on the road in the direction of Perth,
Backwards and forwards in a circle they went
Found a city half open and ready to greet,
The conquering heroes, with blisters on their feet
Eleventh Earl of Mar
Somehow got them all this far.

Daddy! You promised, you promised

See the Stewart all dressed up
He's got eyes in the back of his head
Who came in a cockleshell boat
That could only just float,
Couldn't even lift a sword
Dressed too fine and smelling of wine

Daddy, you've got to go!
Here comes the bishop all dressed up
He's gonna bless you if you're ready to pay
One wave of his funny old stick,
There's a band of light across your eyes

Waited a week still they hadn't appeared,
That glorious timing that everyone feared
So they're riding along on the crest of a wave,
They're headed for London, and that will be their grave
Eleventh Earl of Mar
Well, he couldn't get them down that far.

Daddy! I'm waiting, I'm waiting

Time to go to bed now
Never seems too keen
To be a guest now
In a house of dreams

Flying from a hillside
Beckoning the trees
A sailboat's awning
Mimicking the breeze

I'm fighting gravity falling
My Daddy won't let them get me
A voice screams seems to be calling
The face turns features are burning

Daddy, you've got to go!
See the fifteen going by,
Tell the Lairds and the Lords
They're running backwards today,
And once again you stand alone

Bury your memories; bury your friends
Leave it alone for a year or two,
Till the stories go hazy and the legends come true,
Then do it again
Some things never end
Eleventh Earl of Mar
He won't be going very far.

You promised, you promised, you promised...

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