The Wreck Of The Endurance

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Dm
the pressure comes in waves
Am
they run before these southern storms
that blow for days and days
though days have gone and polar dawn
is still a way away
through endless night, aboard and warm
we wait and hope and pray
our ship will hold
her back is strong
though ancient sailors say
a ship held fast all winter long
will have a price to pay
the ice extracts a heavy toll
it chooses who it claims
their hubris and their lofty goals
crushed beneath the weight
F C
frozen there and wasted
Dm Am
Oh, Oh
Dm
what the ice wants it hold in a grasp
Am
like the grip of a vise, implacably fast
it twist and it torques and the pressures increase
F C
and what the ice wants, the ice keeps
Dm Am
Oh, Oh

Dm
Our little ship will hold
Am
Greenheart planks as strong as steel
to ride a sea so cold
three miles deep beneath our keel
The sound of distant guns
her timbers beat a funeral march
she thunders like a drum
the seabirds cry out in the dark
F
So sing the the beat of the pumps in the bilge
Dm
as the waters creep in and the hold starts to fill
C
the carpenter mutters and patches the leaks
Am F C
he says 'what the ice wants, the ice keeps'
Dm Am
Oh, Oh
Dm
She's going, boys! Time to get off
Am
She's going, boys! Get out and walk
Dm
She's going, boys! Harness the dogs
Am F C
We are all alone and helpless
Dm Am
Oh, Oh
F
She's going, boys! Time to get off
Dm
She's going, boys! Get out and walk
C
She's going, boys! Harness the dogs
Am F C
We are all alone and helpless
Dm
She's going, boys! Take what you can
Am
She's going, boys! Every man
Dm
for every man on this terrible deep
Am F C Bb
What the ice wants, the ice will
Bb Am F C
keep, Oh the ice will
Bb Am F C
keep, Oh the ice will
Bb Am F C Dm
keep, Oh the ice will keep

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from The Explorers Club: Antarctica, released November 10, 2013

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