by Robbie Smith and arranged by Larry Nickel

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I yearned to feel the ocean’s roll,
I was always the seafaring kind.
But too many storms have taken their toll,
and all that remains on my mind –

Is dry land, dry land –
It’s been seven fortnights since we raised the sail.
All hands, dry land –
We’ve slipped from the grip of a force seven gale to dry land.

I don’t know how we held our course,
with the roaring forties surrounding us.
And when, avast, they snapped the mast,
why, we thought that Glory had found us.

Dry land, dry land –
It’s as welcome a sound as a sailor can hear
All hands, dry land
There’s somebody waiting for you at the pier

Now there comes a time when the sea’s ancient rhymes –
no longer ring true,
When the ship’s glass climbs and the bell buoy chimes –
out it’s welcome for you.

Some thirst for gold, for gemstones rare,
some hunger for freedom wherever they roam.
But no thirst known could e’er compare
to the thirst I’m feeling for you, for home.

Dry land, dry land –
With hardships astern and our eyes to the bow.
All hands, dry land –
We’ve never known the skipper to smile, but he’s smilin’ now;

at dry land, dry land –
Safe back on the tides where once we were cast.
All hands, dry land –
The storm clouds are past and from oceans vast, at last –
dry land.


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Robbie Smith – song writer
Larry Nickel – arranger/composer