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​The Low Lighthouse

This song is by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew and appears on the album Lawson (2005).

I think if you've lived the average life,
And been fair to everyone,
'Twill matter little what you have done
Or what you have left undone
When you sail by the South West Cape of Life
Where the baffling West Winds blow,
By the reefs of Doubt that run far out
To a Lighthouse sadly low.

The low Lighthouse,
The low Lighthouse,
To a Lighthouse sadly low.

But 'twill matter a lot the brave, wise words,
The words that you left unsaid -
The kind, forgiving, repentant words
That you can't say when you're dead;
How many hearts, and one, they'd help
You'll surely never know,
Till your pride has died when the waves break wide

Out there by the Lighthouse low,
By the low Lighthouse,
The low Lighthouse,
By the Lighthouse sadly low

There were "straight wire" scrawls from the good old mate
And the mate that I never met;
Perhaps in an outback hell they wait,
For a line from the "inside" yet;
And I lie and think in Hospital here
With aching limbs and brow
How she begged for a sign, if only a line --
And I wish I could write it now.

Near the low Lighthouse,
The low Lighthouse,
Down here near the Lighthouse low.

I think if you've lived the average life,

And been fair to everyone,
'Twill matter little what you have done
Or what you have left undone
When you sail by the South West Cape of Life

Where the baffling West Winds blow,
By the reefs of Doubt that run far out

Near the low Lighthouse,
The low Lighthouse,
When I've rounded the Lighthouse low.