Marco Polo

1988 Jim Stewart CAPAC

 

From the Marco Polo Suite (also available from Timberhead Music.) (GB)

 

Where the Marsh Creek waters meet Courtenay Bay

Heave her round and let her fly

At James Smith's yard her keel did lay

There's no ship here can match her

 

She was launched with a groan and a thud

She's like a demon sailing by

She stuck two weeks in the March creek mud

There's no ship here can catch her

 

Chorus:

Liverpool in fifteen days, the seven seas her name will praise

Wind in her hair and her sails unfurled, she's the fastest ship

in all the world

And her name is Marco Polo

 

Her keel's all bent, she'll never sail

James Smith's hopes are doomed to fail

She's felt the wrath of jeers and scorn

And through the pain the legend's born

 

To the Blackball line she soon was sold

Australia bound in search of gold

She was ruled with an iron hand

When Bully Forbes was in command

 

Sixty-eight days to Melbourne town

The waves will echo her renown

She's beating packets run by steam

From James Smith's wish to St. John's dream

 

For thirty-two years she ran the tide

On Cavendish shoal she finally died

But dreams are much too hard to kill

For the Marco Polo's living still.

 

 

Marco Polo is recorded on the album Language of the Heart and is part of the Jim Stewart album Marco Polo Suite