Man Overboard

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: David Nelson

Played by the David Nelson Band, with lyrics by Robert Hunter. Thanks to Amana for alerting me to this, and to Jordan Hegedus for help with the lyrics.

In the middle of the ocean in a cheap canoe
Man overboard, no, make that two
Nothing to drink but French champagne
And tin can chowder for two cents plain

Me and Mo Benning and Dakota Sue
Woke up one morning with nothing to do
We'd done everything that'd ever been done
Time to start over, beginning at one

Man overboard
Swim if you can
Float if you don't
Since the world began

Me and Mo Benning and Dakota Sue
She looked like me and I looked like you
You look like us when shove comes to push
Upside down dragged through a bush

Some of my feelings about the past
Depend on the shadows the past can cast
I still can't read my watch in the dark
But an educated guess ain't far from the mark

Man overboard
Swim if you can
Float if you don't
Since the world began

Dakota Sue, Mo Benning and me
Man overboard, no, make that three
Dakota took to the hills, a man too pat
Through the pits of Texas in one hour flat

Checking my shoes for chewing gum
Ain't got no flavour but it helps me some
Like all things good picked up on the street
Refined in silence with a strong back beat

Man overboard
Swim if you can
Float if you don't
Since the world began

Of all the lessons I've ever learned
How to stand in the fire and not get burned
Listen to the wood with the least to say
Like my father said before he passed away

In the middle of the ocean in a cheap canoe
Man overboard, no, make that two
Nothing to drink but French champagne
And tin can chowder for two cents plain


 


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