Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

The Good Ship England



 Genre: Political

Get Flash to see this player.

I wrote this as a teen in the 60s or 70s after seeing the movie Billy Budd. I was contemplating going to jail, Sweden or Canada if drafted. It is about insubordination, about right and might, about perseverence, about justice.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
The Good Ship England sails the seas
For many a year she's sailed the seas
She stops at every eastern port to take their gold
And at night when the crew of the good ship goes
Off with the women and off with their clothes
A single sailor stays behind and shed some tears

Oh the song on the seas grows stronger now
And seabirds surround
Every captain wants to know what drove his ship

The captain sent the lad away and shackled him for many days
For no good seaman weeps in doubt about his role
And when the ship set sail once more to rape the farthest foreign shore
The lad said, Captain, turn around and head for home

The lad said Captain can't you see that what you take from each country
Ebbs your human dignity and leaves them cold
The captain ordered him to hang for treason to the royal gang
And the very last words to the captain spoke were
Curse your bones!

And when the sailor breathed no more
The fearless crewmen roared and roared
And in their joy they could not see
The wave come near
Song Stats
Hits: 3761
Comments: 6
Fans: 2
Plays: 53
Downloads: 149
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jan 25, 2008 - 08:52:27 PM
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2008 - 08:52:27 PM Last Played: Jan 20, 2018 - 07:32:43 AM
Song License
Creative Commons License:

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Tape, Mac
Metro, GB
paularenson said 3709 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
Comment about the recording
I sang this as I was coming out of a bout with bleeding vocal chords, explaining the lack of power in the voice compared to earlier recordings. Happy to report I am almost back to normal. As with all my songs, everyone is welcome to modify, harmonize, orchestrate and share.
Check out my latest song called Kate's song
paularenson said 3709 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
oops. Song should be STORM
In the refrain, it should be the STORM on the sea, not song.
Check out my latest song called Kate's song
Feter said 3709 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
The Good Ship England
its a classic standing on its own .this can be acompanied
with up right bass and mandolin ..or just leave it
as it is ..cos its a sweet gem my friend .thnx for
sharin !!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
thetiler said 3709 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
interesting lyrics
with plenty of nice and sweet folk guitar style. I can tell right away that you have a lot of experience doing folk and a real, very real talent to really tell and sing a great yarn.

With that language style that is soooo fitting for music like this.
A surprise for me here and a delight. Good story telling like this is a real bonus here a Mj I think

Way to go!
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
paularenson said 3707 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
thank you all
Bill, I am actually listening to IN HASTE I MUST DEPART over on Folk Alley.

Check out my latest song called Kate's song
davisamerica said 3707 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
wow paul
amazing stuff here.... great story telling... wonderful musical crafting and voice... simply wow!
Check out my latest song called ok char2(Vic and Flatrock mix)
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Paul Arenson
Location: Tokyo Japan
send a note
I have been writing and singing since the age of 14. A red diaper baby born in 1952, I have lived in Tokyo 1979, teaching alternative media and English at several universities. I am involved in peace and social justice activities, which includes mai... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 90