The Last Ship - If You Ever See Me Talking To A Sailor

Broadway Musical (2014)
The Last Ship - If You Ever See Me Talking To A Sailor Lyrics

(Music and lyrics by Sting)

When the winds from the east turn colder
and there’s a pungent taste of salt upon the breeze
something troubles you inside
like a scum upon the tide
a somethin washed up on the beach
down by the quays

intuition’s what a girl in love relies
i should have known he only wanted to be free
i drew line upon sand
only a fool would ever stand
between man & his involved with sea

and when the tide rolls out
you’ll find your bed is empty and he’s gone
so if you ever see me talking to sailor
some scurvy no good mongrel of a lad
ya knock the drink out of my hand
push me over where i stand
take a slug at me
but somewhere i won’t scar
pin my body to the ground
and slap my face to bring me round
and you can roll my silly ass out of this bar

for a sailor’s not a man to be trusted
a villain who’ll call you his chickadee
oh but when he’s had his way
all he’ll give us is good day
then he’ll blow a kiss and
scuttle back to see

and when the tide rolls out
you’ll find your bed is empty and he’s gone
so if you ever see me talking to sailor
on a blindly passing time of day
no don’t you hesitate to think
someone’s tampered with ya drink
and he’s shaking out your handbag in the time it takes to blink
and all the booz you’ve ever bought em he’s just thrown up in the sink
just call the funny farm & carry me away

for a sailor’s not a man to be trusted
he’s treacherous as tides & hidden reefs
and just to get you up the stairs he’ll quote the bible in his prayers
and before you know bound for ** reef

and when the tide rolls out
you’ll find your house is empty and he’s gone
and when the tide rolls out
you’ll find your heart is empty and he’s gone

and when you become a woman of certain age
you find it’s difficult to trust a man
difficult gage
when that bilge rat who left you
without a living wage
thinks there’s still that tawdry glamour of the sea
that i swear to god’s completely lost of me

So if you ever see me talkin to a sailor
some mangy sea dog sulky on the quay
just remind me what i’ve said
or you can just shoot me in the head
and then throw my bleeding body in the sea
(you’ll find your bed is empty and he’s) gone!

[Thanks to Kara Jonsson for lyrics]

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