The Decemberists - The Mariner's Revenge Song - Missing Lyrics

Enter the missing lyrics to the 'Mariner's Revenge Song' by The Decemberists.
I will never grow tired of this song.
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Last updated: September 19, 2019
First submittedSeptember 19, 2019
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Mariner
We are two mariners
A ship's sole survivors
In this belly of a whale
Its ribs are ceiling beams
Its guts are carpeting
I guess we have some time to kill
 
You may not remember me
I was a child of three
And you a lad of eighteen
But I remember you
And I will relate to you
How our histories interweave
 
At the time you were a rake and a roustabout
Spending all your money on the whores and hounds. Ohh-oh
You had a charming air
All cheap and debonair
My widowed mother found so sweet
And so she took you in
Her sheets still warm with him
Now filled with filth and foul disease
As time wore on you proved a debt-ridden, drunken mess
Leaving my mother a poor, consumptive wretch. Ohh-oh
 
And then you disappeared
Your gambling arrears
The only thing you left behind
And then the magistrate
Reclaimed our small estate
And my poor mother lost her mind
Then one day in spring my dear, sweet mother died
But before she did I took her hand as she dying cried, Ohh-oh
 
Find him
Bind him
Tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he wakes up, naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave
 
It took me fifteen years
To swallow all my tears
Among the urchins in the streets
Until a priory
Took pity and hired me
To keep their vestry nice and neat
But never once in the employ of these holy men
Did I ever take my mind from the thought of revenge. Ohh-oh
 
One night I overheard
The prior exchanging word
With a penitent whaler from the sea
The captain of his ship
Who matched you toe to tip
Was known for wanton cruelty
The following day I shipped to sea with a privateer
And in the whistle of the wind I could almost hear, Ohh-oh
 
Find him
Bind him
Tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he wakes up, naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave
 
There is one thing I must say to you
As you sail across the sea
Always, your mother will watch over you
As you avenge this wicked deed
 
(Pirate-y instrumental)
 
And then that fateful night
We had you in our sight
After twenty months at sea
Your starboard flank abeam
I was getting my muskets clean
When came this rumbling from beneath
The ocean shook, the sky went black and the captain quailed
And before us grew the angry jaws of a giant whale
Ohhhh-oh-oh-oh-oh Oh-oh-oh-ohhhh
 
Don't know how I survived
The crew all was chewed alive
I must have slipped between its teeth
But, oh, what providence
What divine intelligence
That you should survive as well as me
It gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with fear
To lean in close and I will whisper the last words you'll hear, Ohh-oh
 
(Increasingly intensifying revenge-taking)
 
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Level 39
Sep 23, 2019
Thanks so much for this quiz - I love this song and it's been so long since I listened to it!