Wednesday, May 04, 2011

"I know I will be loosened/From bonds that hold me fast/And the chains all around me/Will fall away at last"

The Song: "Fisherman's Blues," The Waterboys. Words & music by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham. Track 1 of Fisherman's Blues, 1988.
When/how acquired: Purchased cassette, 1989; purchased CD, 1990.
Listen/watch here.

My dad leaves for Crete today, to join the USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) as an ordinary seaman for a Mediterranean cruise that will last at least four months.

I don't know what to write about this that would not be much too personal for him, me and the rest of the family. But I can and do say congratulations and good luck, and I hope it brings you everything you're looking for. Fair winds and following seas, Dad, and safe journeys wherever you go.

This song makes me feel better about almost everything. I think I need to listen to it a few more times.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Psalm 107: 23-30 says it all, really.

-- Ed

Chip said...

Isn't your dad about 70 years old?

AnswerGirl said...

70 in October, Chip. But he passed the physical...

Chip said...

Very cool! The Old Man and the Sea!

Anonymous said...

Vaya con Dios, mi amigo...my brother! Thanks for the scripture too, Ed...Thinking of all you on this Mother's Day. God bless all!

Aunt Debbie

Francis Henry said...

I wish I was a fisherman
tumbling on the sea
far away from dry land
and its bitter memories...