Burn the Boat

from by The Henrys

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Burn the Boat

I can't leave again, it's wrong
My hands are torn from hanging on
I hate it when we go away
Can't we, one time, just stay?

I want to feel the seasons pass
Tend some ratty little patch of grass
Ride the heat and snow and ice
I want to see the same things twice

But you sail us past another shore
When I can't do this anymore
We never stop, we never drop
An anchor on the ocean floor

So let's burn the boat baby, let's burn it now
Wrap it in flames from stern to bow
Sparks can shower my glowing face
If we don't have to leave this place

And still we go around and 'round
Leaving more places than we've found
I can't see new as new this way
I guess I'm blind to change today

Please let's
Burn the boat, let's burn it now
Wrap it in flames from stern to bow
Turn from the fire and walk away
To put down tender roots today

I get so tired of your moving games
Each dream I have goes up in flames
To see the same patch of sky today
The craft is sunk and now I stay

I burned the boat, it's burning now
C'mon let's break champagne on her flaming bow
Then turn from the fire and walk away
I'll put down my own roots this way


from Quiet Industry, released June 11, 2015



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"Old instruments, new sounds’ is the way Rooke describes what The Henrys do - they extract from a resonator guitar and other plucked acoustic instruments the harmonics, overtones and oblique noises behind the rustic notes to create landscapes that are aston­ishingly romantic, frightening, sexual, spiritual - and quite beautiful. Brave new music." ... more

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