Island of Souls

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Gordon Matthew Thomas SumnerCBE (born 2 October 1951), known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the rock band T… more »

Billy was born within sight of the shipyard 
First son of a riveter's son 
And Billy was raised as the ship grew a shadow 
Her great hull would blot out the light of the sun 

And six days a week he would watch his poor father 
A working man live like a slave 
He'd drink every night and he'd dream of a future  
Of money he never would save 
And Billy would cry when he thought of the future 

Soon came a day when the bottle was broken 
They launched a great ship out to sea 
He felt he'd been left on a desolate shore 
To a future he desperately wanted to flee 
What else was there for a riveter's son 
A new ship to be built, new work to be done 

One day he dreamed of the ship in the world 
It would carry his father and he 
To a place they would never be found 
To a place far away from this town. 

Trapped in the cage of the skeleton ship 
All the workmen suspended like flies 
Caught in the flare of acetylene light 
A working man works till the industry dies 
And Billy would cry when he thought of the future 

Then what they call an industrial accident 
Crushed those it couldn't forgive 
They brought Billy's father back home in an ambulance 
A brass watch, a cheque, maybe three weeks to live, 
And what else was there for a riveter's son 
A new ship to be built, new work to be done 

That night, he dreamed of the ship in the world 
It would carry his father and he 
To a place they could never be found 
To a place far away from this town, 
A Newcastle ship without coals 
They would sail to the island of souls.

Written by: GORDON SUMNER

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