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The Gulf Of Araby Lyrics

Artist: Natalie Merchant
Album: Live In Concert-Natalie Mercha

Words and music by Katell Keineg

If you could fill a veil with shells from Killiney's shore
And sweet talk in a tongue that is no more
And if wishful thoughts could bridge The Gulf of Araby
Between what is, what is, what is
And what can never be

If you could hold the frozen flow of New Hope Creek
And hide out from the one they said you might meet
And if you could unlearn all the words
That you never wanted heard
If you could stall the southern wind
That's whistling in your ears
You could take what is, what is, what is
To what can never be

One man of seventy whispers free at last
Two neighbors who are proud of their massacres
Three tyrants torn away in a winter's month
Four prisoners framed by a dirty judge
Five burned with tyres
Six men still inside
And seven more days to shake at the great divide

(X2) The Gulf, the Gulf of Araby

Well, we would plough and part the earth to bring you home
And harvest every miracle ever known
And if they laid out all the things
That these ten years were to bring
We would gladly give them up
To bring you back to us
O, there is nothing we would not give
To kiss you and to believe we could take what is, what is, what is
To what can never be

One man of seventy whispers not free yet
Two neighbors who make up knee-deep in their dead
Three tyrants torn away in the summer's heat
Four prisoners lost in the fallacy
Five, on my life
And six, I'm dead inside
And seven more days to shake at the great divide

(X2) The Gulf, the Gulf of Araby

Comments/Interpretations

by David Woods on 12/21/2008 8:46pm
Can this women do any song an injustice? I think not!
by Joanne on 2/6/2009 2:09pm
Just a beautiful song
by Vladimir on 10/9/2011 5:58am
Pure perfection todays so called artisit just can't match this amazing human being.:)
by David on 6/11/2017 8:25am
I believe that this song is saying that, here you must experience what is. There is not what you would have it be. We do much evil to ourselves by seeking to make what is ours. And thereby make it what it can never be.
John Lennon said that Life is what happens while we are making other plans. Similar if less poetic expression.
One thing, You are not the experience. You are that which realises it.
by Owen on 7/11/2017 3:05am
Poetry
by Jim on 12/2/2017 10:10am
Sublime.








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