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johnny mac was a sailor of the lonelier type
he used to dock in a port town and go drinking at night with the young bastian women in fine irish linnen
fresh skin and a smile underneath of the stars

they would drink 'till the morning
they would dance 'till the dawn
stumble our of the tavern
fair french maids on their arm
but not so for ol' mac
he'd make the long walk back to his ship
to his hammock and parrot alone

but all of that time spent in quiet isolation had taken a toll on his delicate heart and in the dark he would chart out a course more worth sailing, plot out a route blowing back to the start of some silence inside us and peace in the moment, of children in meadows of barley and rye, of a wife, of a bride in a blue dress and green eyes
skin glowing bright as the sea at first light

one fine day in november
in a shop near the shore
he laid eyes on a gypsy as she came through the door in a blue knitted shirt and some knickers she cut
her hair in a string and the dawn in her eyes

and he thought "surely this girl is the sign i've awaited
this radiant light, incarnation of god
all that's left is to know her and love her and keep her from harm
start out anew in these arms
and where once there was darkness and anger and sadness, now is overflowing with milk and divine golden eyes
a smile full of warm, joyous longing
forgiving all i've done in my wretched life"

well here is a new thing
a feeling i've never had
oh, this life, it is not just a sad repetition, a purposeless organ we must keep alive

it's brimming with love, now
all flowing inside itself
our bodies are gardens that we tend

we are so young and so green, now
the loveliest sounds in this house have shaken the floorboards and the beds

and i'm inclined to believe that two lovers have never had what the gypsy and johnny did in that endless spring

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from Particle Devotion, released October 22, 2015

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