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  1. Ben Riley

From the recording Ben Riley

Lyrics

 
my name is Riley and I’m rolling the diceI sail the tall seas with my lovely bridewe tame the strong winds and we set the sails rightwe keep a close watch on a stormy nightI tended flowers on a graveyard lotI picked the roses when the vines they rotBut now my sailing days are here to stayI’m feeling better now from day to daypeople told me I should always tryto settle down on land before I diebut all those gravestones were telling meto strike away for the rolling seaoceans beckon with their salty spraywaves are breaking and they clear the waydark moon rising in the evening skyshadows growing as the birds they flyI’ve sailed this ocean for a hundred yearsI’ve staked a claim on the darkest fearswhere I thought that I should always knowis now a place where I am letting gomy name is Riley and I’m rolling the diceI sail the tall seas with my lovely bridewe tame the strong winds and we set the sails rightwe keep a close watch on a stormy night
(From the album "misfit hymns")
music & lyrics by James Houlahan
published by Gumbo Luvah Music