The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues (video clip & lyrics)

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The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll, or folk rock. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide.

Fisherman's Blues is the 1988 album by The Waterboys. The album marked a change in the sound of The Waterboys', abandoning their earlier grandiose rock sound for a mixture of traditional Irish music, country music and rock and roll. Critics were divided on its release with some disappointed at the change of direction and others ranking it among The Waterboys' best work.

The Waterboys - Fisherman´s Blues

I wish I was a fisherman tumblin' on the seas
Far away from dry land and its bitter memories
Casting out my sweet line with abandonment and love
No ceiling bearin' down on me save the starry sky above
With light in my head, you in my arms

I wish I was the brakeman on a hurtlin' fevered train
Crashing a-headlong into the heartland like a cannon in the rain
With the beating of the sweepers and the burnin' of the coal
Counting the towns flashing by in a night that's full of soul
With light in my head, you in my arms

Tomorrow I will be loosened from bonds that hold me fast
That the chains all hung around me will fall away at last
And on that fine and fateful day I will take thee in my hands
I will ride on the train I will be the fisherman
With light in my head, you in my arms

Light in my head, you in my arms
There is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit
Lt Col Frank Slade (Al Pacino, Scent of a woman)


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