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rough seas

I’m fairly certain this song encompasses both bitter & sweet.

It’s about my Grandfather.

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“If I’d have carried on through those rough sea,

who knows what would’ve become of me”

 

 
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Rough Seas

Jimmy wanted to see the world
So at 17 he joined the Merchant Navy
Barely had a dime to his name
Just gathered up some clothes in a beat up suitcase

So he jumped on a DC3
It flew him from Hokitika through to Nelson
Got a ticket on the Nio
It’s where it all began I suppose

As he sits back in his easy chair
He said “kid I’ve got some stories”

They were hard times, I’ve had a wild life
If I’d have carried on through those rough seas
Who knows what would’ve become of me
I could be sailing the seven seas
Or keeping Davy Jones company


Jimmy found himself in the capital
A greenhorn so far away from home
Got a job as a deck boy
On a brand new ship from Amsterdam

The work was hard & the days were long
Learning every job they threw his way
He was about to board his 7th ship
Till he got the call to head back home

As he sits back in his easy chair
He said “things could’ve gone a different way”

They were hard times, I’ve had a wild ride
If I’d have carried on through those rough seas
Who knows what would’ve become of me
I could be sailing the seven seas
Or keeping Davy Jones company
Oh I should be sailing the seven seas
And keeping Davy Jones company

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Written by Katie Thompson
Produced by Ben Edwards & Katie Thompson
Co-produced by Elmore Jones & Ryan Fisherman
Mixed by Ben Edwards
Mastered by Chris Chetland