Shiver Me Timbers Lyrics

by Tom Waits

I'm leavin' my family, I'm leavin' all my friends
My body's at home but my heart's in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines on a new front page sky
My tears are salt water and the moon's full and high

And I know Martin Eden is gonna be proud of me
And many before me who've been called by the sea
To be up in the crow's nest singin' my say
Shiver me timbers 'cause I'm a-sailin' away

And the fog's liftin', the sand's shiftin'
I'm driftin' on out, ol' Captain Ahab
He ain't got nothin' on me, now

So swallow me, don't follow me
I'm travelin' alone, blue water's my daughter
An' I'm gonna skip like a stone

So please call my missus, gotta tell her not to cry now
'Cause my goodbye is written by the moon in the sky
And nobody knows me, I can't fathom my stayin'
And shiver me timbers 'cause I'm a-sailin' away

And the fog's liftin', the sand's shiftin'
I'm driftin' on out, ol' Captain Ahab
He ain't got nothin' on me

So come on and swallow me, follow me
I'm travelin' alone, blue water's my daughter
An' I'm gonna skip like a stone

And I'm leavin' my family, leavin' all my friends
My body's at home but my heart's in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines upon a new front page sky
And shiver me timbers 'cause I'm a-sailin' away