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Island of Souls
Billy was born within sight of the shipyard
First son of a riveter's son
And Billy was raised as the ship grew a shadow
Her great hull would blot out the light of the sun...


I hadn't planned on writing a backstory for Bootstrap, but, well ... here we are.

The Wild, Wild Sea
Did I see the shade of a sailor
On the bridge through the wheelhouse pane?
Held fast to the wheel of the rocking ship
As I squinted my eyes in the rain

For the ship had turned into the wind
Against the storm to brace
And underneath the sailor's hat
I saw my father's face

If a prayer today is spoken
Please offer it for me
When the bridge to heaven is broken
And you're lost on the wild, wild sea
Lost on the wild, wild sea...


The Soul Cages
'I have a wager,' the brave child spoke
The fisherman laughed, though disturbed at the joke.
'You will drink what I drink, but you must equal me
And if the drink leaves me standing, a soul shall go free'...

'And what's in it for me, my pretty young thing?
Why should I whistle, when the caged bird sings?
If you lose a wager with the king of the sea,
You'll spend the rest of forever in the cage with me!'



Why Should I Cry For You?
Under the Arctic fire
Over the seas of silence
Hauling on frozen ropes
For all my days remaining

But would north be true?

All colors bleed to red
Asleep on the ocean's bed
Drifting in empty seas
For all my days remaining

But would north be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?

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