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Ship of Fools

This song is by Elvis Costello and appears on the compilation Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead (1991) and on the 2004 reissue of Kojak Variety (1995).

This song is a cover of "Ship of Fools" by Grateful Dead.
Went to see the captain, strangest I could find
Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line
I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewels
But I would slave to learn a way to sink your ship of fools

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

Saw your first ship sink and drown from rocking of the boat
And all that could not sink or swim were just left there to float
But I won't leave you drifting down, oh, it makes me wild
With thirty years upon my head, to have you call me child

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

The bottle stands as empty as it was filled before
Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more
Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few
Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools

Ship of fools on a cruel sea
Ship of fools, sail away from me
It was later than I thought when I first believed you
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

Credits

Written by:

Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

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