We took our boat to the river one day
A current came up and it bore us away.
It took us through fields, it took us through woods
The oars and the sail, they did us no good
The water turned brown as the heavens turned black
It swept us downstream and we couldn’t turn back.
The river was wide as it flowed through the night
We floated past saltmarshes into the light.
We passed some herons and cormorants and gulls
And derelict barges with rust on their hulls
The river turned salt in the estuary
And still it kept flowing down to the sea.
Our boat turned to driftwood, our thoughts turned to spray
Away from the harbour and out of the bay.
We bobbed and dipped, we rose and we fell
Swallowed up by the powerful swell
The sea it was wide as we gazed at the shore
Until we could see our home country no more.[musical interlude]
We sighted an island all covered in sand
But now we no longer belonged to the land.
Our clothing is kelp and our fingers are maerl
Our teeth and our eyeballs are mother of pearl
We’re seagrass and plastic and bottles and twine
All knotted together with netting and line.