Fisherman's Blues Lyrics

The Waterboys


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Michael Scott, Stephen Patrick Wickham
album: Track 1 in album Fisherman's Blues
release date: 1988-10-17
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drums: Peter McKinney
bass: Trevor Hutchinson
guitar: Mike Scott
mandolin: Anthony Thistlethwaite
fiddle: Steve Wickham
mix: Phil Tennant
recording: Pat McCarthy, Pearse Dunne
vocal: Mike Scott
composer: Steve Wickham, Mike Scott

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I wish I was a fisherman
tumbling on the sea
far away from dry land
and its bitter memories
casting out my sweet line
with abandonment and love
no ceiling bearing down on me
save the starry sky above
with light in my head
and you in my arms

I wish I was the brakeman
on a hurtling fevered train
crashing a-headlong on into the heartland
like a cannon in the rain
with the beating of the sweepers
and the burning of the coal
counting the towns flashing by
and the night that's full of soul
with light in my head
and you in my arms

tomorrow I will be loosened
from the bonds that hold me fast
with the chains all hung around me
will fall away at last
and on that fine and fateful day
I will take thee in my hand
I will ride on the train
I will be the fisherman
with light in my head
you in my arms

'Vagabond of the Western World

Track Listing

  • 1 Fisherman's Blues
  • 2 We Will Not Be Lovers
  • 3 Strange Boat
  • 4 World Party
  • 5 Sweet Thing
  • 6 Jimmy Hickey's Waltz
  • 7 And a Bang on the Ear
  • 8 Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?
  • 9 When Will We Be Married?
  • 10 When Ye Go Away
  • 11 Dunford's Fancy
  • 12 The Stolen Child
  • 13 This Land Is Your Land