Maiden Voyage

Music, lyrics, & recording by Erin Brown
Copyright 2018 Erin Brown

The day before I sailed to sea
A maiden came to me
And she told to me her name
It was beautiful and plain
She said, “Love it’s a shame we part so quickly”
She said, “Love it’s a shame you depart so swiftly
Upon the sea and all it’s scorn
Never to return
Never to return to me”

I said, “Maiden, if those eyes
Would follow this boat until the light dies
Then I swear upon my lifeline to steer her back in good time
And come up on this shore and make you mine”

She said, “Love that’s a noble fight to undertake”
She said, “Love that’s a fair trade to make”
And she gave me a token: her monogram silk and woven
As a sign of her devotion

Through those long days and nights of storms
Only her promise kept me warm
And I held close to my heart that handkerchief that smelled of her
As a reminder of her word

And then one day we caught of shore
And as soon as we anchored to the harbor
Her eyes caught sight of mine, and my heart it beat in double time
But she said, “Love, I am betrothed to another”

So tomorrow I set sail again
And I hope no maidens come a-calling
For all my days on the ocean
I have only learned the one thing:
Never trade your heart for a token

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Erin Brown

Enthusiast, songwriter, developer, caffeinator. Co-host of Way Too Broad podcast. Living and loving in Durham. Really gay. She/her.

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