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Call Me the Whale(2)

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Call Me the Whale (2)

Call Me the Whale (2)
(Paul Kaplan)

They call me the whale, and that's what I am
and a whale I always will be.
You may call yourself the king of the land
But I am the king of the sea, brave boys
I am the king of the sea.

I never meant to do you any harm, brave boys,
When I took you to the bottom with my tail
I only meant to show you, that you should have been at home,
Instead of on the ocean chasing whales, brave boys,
Instead of on the ocean chasing whales

But you didn't get the message, and so more and more you came,
Till I ran out of places for to hide.
And your boats got so big that I couldn't take you down
I knew then that you had turned the tide, brave boys,
I knew then that you had turned the tide.

You hunt me down with your factory ships,
and you never even touch me with your hands.
In the morning, I'm playing with my babies in the waves
In the evening, I'm packed into your cans, brave boys,
In the evening, I'm packed into your cans.

You've become so efficient with your instuments of death
That by now, I'm barely alive.
But if you treat each other in the way you've treated me
I think I'm going to survive, brave boys,
I think I'm going to survive.
From the singing of Iain Mackintosh, recorded on "Home for a While", Kettle Kop-
14.

The tune is the "Greenland Whale Fisheries", and Iain sings verses 1 & 3 of a va
riant of that song, before starting Paul's song

JMcR
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