Has a song ever touched you so deeply your soul wept? Have you ever felt so one with the sound of someone's soul you felt it was meant for you? Has the universe ever sent you this gift, and as you realized it the gratitude was overwhelming? This is how I feel about this song...the lyrics circle my soul like a shark wanting to connect. I encourage you to listen to the original by The Drones- feel that energy, and then listen to the cover by Missy Higgins and feel their worlds collide.
"Shark Fin Blues"
Standing on the deck watching my shadow stretch
The sun pours my shadow upon the deck
The waters licking round my ankles now
There ain't no sunshine way way down
I see the sharks out in the water like slicks of ink
Well, there's one there bigger than a submarine
As he circles I look in his eye
I see Jonah in his belly by the campfire light
See the albatross up in the windy lofts
He gets to beating his wings while he sleeps it off
I hear the jettisoned cries from his dreams unkind
Gets to whippin' my ears like a riding crop
The captain once as able as a fink dandy
He's now laid up in the galley like a dried out mink
He's laying dying of thirst and he says or I think
Well, we're gonna be alone from here on in
Well you are all my brothers, and you have been kind
But what were you expecting to find?
Now your eyes turn inwards, countenance turns blank
And I'm floating away on a barrel of pain
It looks like nothing but the sea and sky remain
A harpoon's shaft is short and wide
A grappling hook's is cracked and dry
I said, why don't you get down in the sea
Turn the water red like you want to be?
Cause if I cry another tear I'll be turned to dust
No the sharks won't get me they don't feel loss
Just keep one eye on the horizon man, you best not blink
They're coming fin by fin until the whole boat sinks
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Melissa Showers was born in New York and now lives in Houston, Texas with her two sons.