The Bergen (Jez Lowe) Sleep, why'd you wake me with these dreams you bring Dreams came to me where I lay, And deep the melody the wild waves sing, And my love is far, far away. Chorus: Oh, pity the hearts the wild waves part, My love sails the bonny barque, The Bergen. They heap their nets upon the decks by light Dreams came to me, etc And creep out gently at the dead of night And my love is far, etc. They reap the harvest of the cold, night sea It leaps with herring 'neath his decks for me. Steep waves rise above his cold, dark head, Oh, keep him safe to lie here in my bed. It weeps with rain tonight where my love lies It sweeps the foreign sands from out his eyes. note: This song was written by Jez Lowe; he said that he saw a graveyard on the coast of Scotland or Northern England where the local people had buried the bodies of a Norwegian fishing boat that had gone down offshore in a storm. They didn't know the crewmen's names, so they put the name of the ship, The Bergen, on the grave markers. Jez Lowe wrote the song from the point of view of a wife or sweetheart left at home wondering what happened to her loved one. I'm typing the lyrics from memory, so they may be a bit folk-processed...MLaM MLaM OCT98
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