Shark Fin Blues
Lyrics Missy Higgins

Written by: Gareth Liddiard, Rui Pereira

Produced by: Jherek Bischoff, Missy Higgins

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Standing on the deck I watch my shadow stretch
The sun pours my shadow upon the deck
The water's licking round my ankles now
There ain't no sunshine way way down

I see the sharks in the water like slicks of ink
Well, there's one there bigger than a submarine
And as he circles I look in his eyes
I see Jonah in his belly by the campfire light

See the albatross up in the windy lofts
He gets to beating his wings while he sleeps it off
I hear the jettisoned cries from his dreams unkind
Gets to whippin' my ears like a riding crop

The captain once as able as a fink dandy
He's now laid up in the galley like a dried out mink
He's laying dying of thirst and he says or I think
We're gonna be alone from here on in

Well you're all my brothers, and you have been kind
But what were you expecting to find?
Now your eyes turn inwards, and countenance turns blank
And I'm floating away on a barrel of pain
It looks like nothing but the sea and sky remain

A harpoon's shaft is short and wide
A grappling hook is cracked and dry
I said, why don't you get down in the sea
Turn the water red like you wanna be?

Cause if I cry another tear I'll be turned to dust
The sharks won't get me but they don't feel loss
Keep one eye on the horizon, man, you best not blink
They're coming fin by fin until the whole boat sinks

Fin by fin, fin by fin by fin by fin
Fin by fin, fin by fin by fin by fin

Song facts

Originally recorded by The Drones

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