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Ship of Fools

This song is by Grateful Dead and appears on the album Steal Your Face (1976) and on the live album Dick's Picks, Volume 31 (2004).

This song has been covered by Elvis Costello under the title "Ship of Fools".
Went to see the captain, strangest I could find
Laid my proposition down, I laid it on the line
I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewels
But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

Saw you first ship sink and drown from rocking of the boat
And all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float
I won't leave you drifting down but, whoa, it makes me wild
With thirty years upon my head to have you call me child

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

The bottles stand as empty as they were filled before
And time that was in plenty but from that cup no more
Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few
Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

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