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​The Long Voyage

This song is by Hector Zazou, features Suzanne Vega and John Cale and appears on the album Songs From The Cold Seas (1994).

Ocean, ocean is a voyage
This is a voyage
Ocean is a voyage
This is a voyage
A long, long voyage

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down
Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

The sea is flecked with bars of grey
The dull dead wind is out of tune
And like a withered leaf the moon
Is blown across the stormy bay

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down
Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

Etched clear upon the pallid sand
Lies the black boat: a sailor boy
Clambers aboard in careless joy
With laughing face and gleaming hand
And overhead the curlews cry

Don't lose the voyage
This is a voyage
Don't lose the voyage
This is a voyage
A long, long voyage

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down
Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down
Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

And overhead the curlews cry
Where through the dusky upland grass
The young brown-throated reapers pass
Like silhouettes against the sky

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

Like silhouettes against the sky

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

Like silhouettes against the sky

Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down
Going up, up, up
Going down, down, down

This is a voyage
A long, long voyage
This is a voyage
This is a voyage
A long, long, long voyage

This is a voyage
A violent voyage
A long, long voyage

This is a voyage
As far as the eye can see, a voyage
A long, long voyage

This is a voyage
As far as the eye can see, a voyage
A violent voyage
As far as the eye can see, a voyage

Written by:

Hector Zazou