Shanty for the Arethusa

The Decemberists


writers: Colin Meloy
album: Track 1 in album Her Majesty the Decemberists
release date: 2003-9-9
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length: 5:38
producer: The Decemberists, Larry Crane and Adam Selzer
engineer: Adam Selzer
composer: Colin Meloy
lyricist: Colin Meloy

Album Information

label: Kill Rock Stars
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 759656037525
script: Latin

Cover Art

The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists cover art


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We set to sail on a packet full of spice, rum and tea-leaves.
Tell your daughters do not walk the streets alone tonight

He led her down from her gilded canopy of cloth.
And how the air was thick with incense, cardamom and myrrh.
So goodnight, boys, goodnight

The weather's warm there, the natives are dark and nubile.
The ghosts of sailors passed, their spectral bodies clinging to the shrouds.
So goodnight, boys, goodnight


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Shanty for the Arethusa
  • 2 Billy Liar
  • 3 Los Angeles, I'm Yours
  • 4 The Gymnast, High Above the Ground
  • 5 The Bachelor and the Bride
  • 6 Song for Myla Goldberg
  • 7 The Soldiering Life
  • 8 Red Right Ankle
  • 9 The Chimbley Sweep
  • 10 I Was Meant for the Stage
  • 11 As I Rise