Ship of Fools
Way of an eagle in the air The way of a serpent upon a rock The way of a ship in the midst of the sea Way of a man with a maid The way of a man with a maid Chains of strength, chains of fear Marking words in Satan?s ear The manger whips, the nursemaid lies Chains that launch the ship of sighs Child sun, baby moon Pass a failed hope or a failed love soon Windward burning boats (ah ship of fools) Slitting throats Hopeless and gazing Child head, baby brain On the slipway, bluffed again Your tide is out, your blinds, (ah ship of fools) Your blinds are drawn Sailor fools are born Sound the foghorn horns Screaming siren scorns Petrify the human pawns Child deranged, galactic fault The arc lights burned, the squadrons halt Baby breathes the gale and tastes the salt Alarmed and cowering Child tenor, baby crooner Tripping double time onboard the schooner Blows the whistle, sucks (ah ship of fools) Sucks the Crisis pipe For a lifelong passage Sound the foghorn horns Screaming siren scorns Petrify the human pawns Child skipper, baby mate Ship of fools becomes the ship of fate While gospel singers cool, (ah ship of fools) Cool the panic struck Forced and bitter luck Child cry, baby sleep My cabin is yesterday, my crater deep On deck the captain scans, (ah ship of fools) Scans the x-ray card We need a metal surgeon Sound the foghorn horns Screaming siren scorns Petrify the human pawns Child steals, baby seeks Travels miles and lifeless weeks And turns the coverlet and shakes, (ah ship of fools) And shakes the sheets They?re only learning Child chokes, baby dies Fetid rumors, human cries Transparent fighters (ah ship of fools) Fly the transient skies A hard coming we had and a harder going
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