The Mermaid's Scar

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There are tales of ocean creatures all sailors come to fear
How they rise from coral darkness whenever ships draw near
If you sail in Mermaid waters take care and bring your best
And hold fast to your soul for mermaids will take the rest
 
Some say the cliffs are red with the blood of sailors bold
Some say the reef will grind a ship from its crow’s nest to its hold
Faces fine as faeries they bewitch a sailor’s mind
They feast upon the flesh of man leaving only bones behind
 
Few things can chill a sailors heart
Like a red sky at morning
But there are other fearsome things
That come with little warning

A ship without a name
Brings misfortune like a tide
Such that even a red sky at sunset
Comes with no delight

The Captain stayed on watch the moon cast no light
something moved in the water against the current’s might
In moments he beheld a face to make a painter blush
She asked why the ship has no name she’d never seen one such

Said the captain, she’s a fine ship by any name at all
Said the mermaid, then our supper will be nameless when it falls
The captain called All Hands on deck as deck pitched and hull did creak
The mermaids shrieked like demons the sails burst open to catch the breeze

Few things can chill a sailors heart
Like a red sky at morning
But there are other fearsome things
That come with little warning

A ship without a name
Brings misfortune like a tide
Such that even a red sky at sunset
Comes with no delight

The ship was stuck and battered, but she held to sailor’s luck
And as she reaches open water the mermaids did give up
The captain kept the helm, with his first mate by his side
And the ship, though worse for going, sailed off into the night
 
And so the tale it traveled in mouths of sailors near and far
And the ship at last she had a name she’s called the Mermaid’s Scar

Few things can chill a sailors heart
Like a red sky at morning
But there are other fearsome things
That come with little warning

A ship without a name
Brings misfortune like a tide
Such that even a red sky at sunset
Comes with no delight

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from 52 Songs Project, released July 9, 2018

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Cheshire Moon Ames, Iowa

Cheshire Moon is a fanciful melding of trickster bird Lizzie Crowe and mad hatter Eric Coleman.

These two-time Pegasus Award recipients are part of the growing music genre known as MythPunk, bringing old gods and folk tales into modern day, and bringing faerie tale princesses into the light of dark magic.

They weave journeys of song and story, bringing their listeners along for the ride.
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