Little Blue Boat

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Inspired by a story told to us by Seattle musician, Orville T. Murphy or "Murph" as he is known by his friends, this song loosely tells the tale of Murph's grandfather and how he immigrated to the US. He was a distiller by trade and soon after he arrived Prohibition started.

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Little Blue Boat

Chorus

Oh, Little Blue Boat won’t you take me to sea.
Take me to the waters so free. Sail me to my dreams.
Oh, Little Blue Boat won’t you take me to sea.
Take me to the waters so free. Sail me, Sail me home.

It was on the 24th of May we sailed for Amerikay.
A better life we chose but only heaven knows
if we’d be back some day.
The boat was strong, over 40 feet long and the crew a motley sight,
the cabins small, people wall to wall,
but my dreams kept me strong at night.

Chorus

The nights were long and I missed my home
for I left my one true love.
She told me not to wait as she held my face;
I’d send for her when work was found.
The seas were rough and many men were lost
as typhoid fever did spread.
The condition’s poor, who could take much more,
then we saw New York ahead.

Chorus

The city was cold but my spirit ran bold
even with the signs “No Irish need apply”.
But I stood my ground and I quickly found
that whiskey would save my life.
Oh, gather up the corn and heed the scorn
of that crazy game called fate.
In a year and three months, Prohibition went nuts
and I was back at the starting gate.

Chorus

So it’s on a boat that I harbour hope
that I’ll find my one true love.
No fishing here, though our catch is clear,
bottles of gold we haul away.
For in the hulls would but fill your gullet
full of that fire drink of life. And the money’s good,
another voyage should bring my true love home to be my wife.

Chorus

credits

from Never Go Back, released August 23, 2016
words and music by S. Fae Wiedenhoeft ASCAP

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SeaStar Seattle, Washington

SeaStar hails from the rainy town of Seattle.
Since 2007, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their award winning, traditional sounding compositions and clever story songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.
They have traveled to many places with their music and cannot wait to share some stories with you!
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