The Island

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How we first came to this island
Is a tale too wild and weird
Lost upon the ocean
Our captain disappeared
And the first mate had gone mad
With some mysterious tome he’d found
And instead of pointing north,
Our compass needles danced around

So by the time the storm beset us
We were not a bit surprised
We shouted to the heavens
We atoned and apologized
But the ship was split asunder
And the sea it stove us in
And we washed up on this beach
Where our troubles truly did begin

Here are springs of water
Here are trees of fruit
Here are trap doors in the sand that open to dusty chutes
Here are headless statues pointing tensely to the sea
Here half of us who had survived would plan their mutiny

Once we’d beat back the rebellion
Our numbers were much decreased
We buried those departed and had a celebratory feast
Right by the marble staircase that led up to nowhere
And that was when we found a tunnel in the rocks up there

So we sent a party into the caves
And the rest of us stayed outside
The sounds of their screaming reverberated wide
And the hunting group that set off that day did not return that night
And we couldn’t sleep for the jungle’s whispers gave us such a fright

So as of this fine morning
Our crew is down to three
Myself and Sam and Abel
And it happens now to be
That Sam has lost his sight and Abel’s lost his remembering
And as for me, I’ve lost my speech and I can only sing


from Ghost Stories, released September 27, 2019


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