Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Henry Martin

The epic tale of scotsman Henry Martin turned a pirate is an enthralling tale of family, exploration and loss. Joan Baez's haunting rendition evokes images of idyllic sojourns in foreign dangerous waters and the everlasting journey homeward-bound. A recurring motif in the literary heritage and oral tradition, it's the Odyssean image of the explorer lost at sea, ceaselessly trying to return home.

"Hello, hello", cried Henry Martin
What makes you sail so nigh?
I'm a rich merchant ship bound for fair London Town
London Town, London Town
Would you please for to let me pass by?

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