Life on the Ocean Wave

No idea why I’m still awake. I even took a sleeping pill and yet, 2:15, i’m fuckin’ around on line, listenin’ to Horslips and looking for a decent image their logo to make a t-shirt from; reading song lyrics, tryin’ to figure out sometihng to write about. And i just happened to stumble on a […]

No idea why I’m still awake. I even took a sleeping pill and yet, 2:15, i’m fuckin’ around on line, listenin’ to Horslips and looking for a decent image their logo to make a t-shirt from; reading song lyrics, tryin’ to figure out sometihng to write about.

And i just happened to stumble on a video of something I’ve been looking for for two or three years.

I wrote about it recently – tattoo flash I want for a backpiece. An image originally drawn by an artist in long beach, CA (Where my parents grew up), in a shop on the Long Beach Pike.

I was looking at some video on some site someplace and there it was; a quick pan-and-fade, not a complete image, and very small. But there it was.

It isn’t enough to give my tattooist to show him what I want; even though we’ll be re-interpreting the thing, i need it all and in enough resolution to print well. That’ll come later when I get the DVD sometimes this fall. But it’s enough for me. It’s enough to tell me, yeah, that image that grabbed me back then when i found it, it still grabs me the exact same way today.

These are crappy screen grabs, color’s washed out and they’re small; but they’ll do.

Thus, Life on the Ocean Wave:


A life on the ocean wave,
A-home on the rolling deep!
Where the scater’d waters rave,
And the winds their revels keep.
Like an eagle caged I pine
On this dull, unchanging shore.
Oh give me the flashing brine,
The spray and the tempest’s roar.

A life on the ocean wave,
A-home on the rolling deep!
Where the scater’d waters rave
And the winds their revels keep,
The winds,….. the winds…
The winds their revels…keep.

Once more on the deck I stand,
Of my own swift, gliding craft.
Set sail, farewell to land,
The gale follows fair abaft.
We shoot thro’ the sparkling foam,
Like an ocean bird set free.
Like the ocean bird, our home,
We’ll find far out on the sea.

The land is no longer in view,
The clouds have begun to frown.
But with a stout vessel and crew,
We’ll say : Let the storm come down!
And the song of our heart shall be,
While the winds and waters lave:
A life on the heaving sea,
A-home on the bounding wave!

Wave Top
Wave bottom

Yeah. I think it’s still working for me. Now I know, and I just have to wait for release of the DVD. And then it’s all time and pain and money.

10 thoughts on “Life on the Ocean Wave”

  1. Did you know that Johnny Depp released a double disc of sea chanteys? (I can’t do the HTML thing, but it’s on Amazon, and it’s called “Rogue’s Gallery,” and you can look it up.)

    You should bring it with you to your tattoo artist, along with some grog, and maybe a couple of wenches, and a parrot. And a cutlass, maybe a cutlass supreme, maybe all decked out with some phat shoes and furry dice.

    kissykiss,
    chelsea girl

    [Here are the links for ya’: iTunes amazon –k]

  2. Pajama party? Thought we were talking ’bout tattoos here. Beautiful ones too! I want to come! Especially if “The Man” is being bad…

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