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"The Harbour Bar Bell" by Sailor (2004)

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"The Harbour Bar Bell" by Sailor (2004)


"The Harbour Bar Bell" by Sailor (2004)

The Harbour Bar Bell 

[potentially very inaccurate lyrics which need correction]

It all began
In an old harbour bar
Where sailors would gather
From near and from far
Like the tall pirate captain
Who played his guitar

And the music began
He had treasures
Of his times and his pearls
And he sang all these songs
About girls, girls, girls

As he carried on strumming
The story unfurled
And the music played on

Oh what a story to tell
Sailors all sing in drunken harmony
Ringing the harbour bar bell

A swamp on the ver
From passage from France
He came into the bar
For he might take a change
On a hand of straight poker
Or maybe romance

And the music played on
He was good
He played ace after ace
He knew is the sound of 
Those frilly good place 
In an instant monseur
Was playing the base
And the music played on
Lead it on

Oh what a story to tell
Sailors all sing in drunken harmony
Ringing the harbour bar bell

The third man appeared
Dressed entirely in black
Came into the bar
And sat down at the back
He conjured some drumsticks
From out of the sack
And the music played on

Where he learned them
He couldn't explain
With three latin rhythms
And little by name
He could tattle chat show
On a glass of champagne
Which he did
And the music played on
Here we go

Oh what a story to tell
Sailors all sing in drunken harmony
Ringing the harbour bar bell

While the harbour was buzzing
Down in Vera Cruz
With loose latin women
And free flowing booze
A rich plantation owner
With plenty to lose
Plus you know
As the music played on

At the piano
The man in the set
In the drunken white suite
And Panama hat
Playing ragtime for whiskey
Or something like that
And the music played on

Oh what a story to tell
Sailors all sing in drunken harmony
Ringing the harbour bar bell

While they drank and they sang
Deep on into the night
Then something happened
That gave them a fright

For the old piano
Bust into life
What the hell's going on
How that happen
How could it be
It's just a piano
Boozing machine
And no amount of money
I'll turn the key
And the music played on

Oh what a story to tell
Sailors all sing in drunken harmony
Ringing the harbour bar bell

While the music came out there
And it moved across the bay
It was heard in the distance
From ten miles away
But the fog came in quickly
And ice then descend

And the music played on
As the door broke
And this song declared
Revealing the silence 
And something quite new
For the bar and the sailors
Had all disappeared
Just the bell carried on


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