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A sea shanty about the dangers of alcoholism!

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I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the ocean’s dry before the Devil gets me ‘low

The last time the flood it came, it took my dearest friend
We were lovers, we were fighters and together till the end
But the rising waters took the breath of life forever more
And he left me standing weeping and a-wailing on the shore

Now you may think that I am only a sailor’s poor widow
But my love drowned in not the sort of way that you may know
But he was not a sailor boy, and I no sailor’s wife
But the bottom of the bottle was the thing that took his life

I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the whole place dry before the Devil gets me ‘low

I’m gunna drink the flood before I die, I’ll drink the flood my son
I’ll stem off the rising tide until the battle’s won
Tie me to the masthead and set a course to go
I’m gunna drink the whole place dry before the Devil gets me ‘low
Before the Devil gets me ‘low
Before the Devil gets me below

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from Persephone Is Dead, Long Live Persephone!, released September 24, 2015
Dogwood: vocals, tenor ukulele
Nathaniel Johnstone: violin, percussion
Adam Bratman: acoustic guitar
Andy Lowe: upright bass
Tom Coyne: drums
Aaron J. Shay: banjo
Sarah Shay: washboard

Friendship Chorus:
Annie Hughes, Aaron J. Shay, Sarah Shay, McLean Sloughter, Jody Ellen, Nathaniel Johnstone

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Dogwood Seattle, Washington

Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle's undergrowth, this chimerical songbird aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps and twirls acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady. This little troubadour delights in bringing life to the voices of the past, so come and share a pomegranate seed or two! ... more

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