A Blue Whale's Lament

by Kevin Closs

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Today I heard you singing
As you floated o’er my hall
“Sally Brown” and “Blow Ye Winds”
And “on the bowline haul”
So many years have come and gone
Since you shouted them so bold
To hear them ringing once again
It made my blood run cold

And I had barely come of age
When your fathers came to kill
All fire and iron and bloody foam
Taking what they will
Harpooned by the thousands
Flensed and rendered down
‘til all my kin were nothing more
Than numbers in a count

I remember mast and sail
Yes, I remember true
And when your kind has passed away
I will remember you

They took my mate in ‘43
And she was with a calf
She’d carried it for ten long months
When they put her to the gaff
I think about her now and then
To me she was a queen
To you she was just fifty barrels
Of oil for margarine

I remember coal and steel
Yes, I remember true
And when your kind has passed away
I will remember you

Now summer fades to winter grey
Alone, I wander north
My dives they tend to shallow now
My breath a little short
From Marguerite to Whaler’s Bay
My voice echoes in the blue
With no one left to hear the call
I guess I sing for you

I remember diesel oil
Yes, I remember true
And when your kind had passed away
I will remember you

Oh, I remember mast and sail
Yes, I remember true
And when your kind had passed away
I will remember you

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released April 18, 2018
Words and music: Kevin Closs
Guitars and voice: KC
The support of the Ontario Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged

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Kevin Closs Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Kevin Closs is a singer/songwriter from Manitoulin Island.

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