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Tim Wittman - Ode to the Enchantress - Guardian of the Sea © / 08 March 2010 / Folk
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Ode to the Enchantress


Guardian of the Sea


Tim Wittman©2010


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Where do you lay your weary head?


Where lay your body down?


Amid the crash of wrecking ball


You sink into the sound.


Is this a fitting legacy


Of one so strong and proud?


The mighty tug Enchantress


Sweet friend of Puget Sound.


 


Verse – 1


 


The mighty Tug Enchantress


Rides high in majesty.


Guardian of those who draw a living


From the sea.


Cargo ships and tankers


Log booms of coastal trees.


The mighty tug Enchantress


Guardian of the sea.


 


Chorus-


 


Verse – 2


 


One hundred twenty feet


She glides.


From upright bow to stern.


Her pilot house an eagles nest


While ocean currents churn.


Escorting precious cargo


Freighter, barges, old and new,


Kept safe from hostile forces


At the height of World War Two.


 


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Verse – 3


 


Waters of Lake Union


Ballard Locks, Alaska, too.


She journeyed to Padilla Bay


Left by who knows who.


Tied to rotting pilings


Sometimes covered by the tide


Though we called for preservation


Only few stood by her side.


 


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Verse – 4


 


The ship is just an eyesore


Poisoning our view.


She could be leaking oil and fuel


Toxic hazards, too.


They should have hung her on a cross


As we plead her case in vain.


Till’ the wrecking ball came crashing down


She was never seen again.


 


Chorus


Chorus


End



 

About my song

The Enchantress was a mighty tug who sailed during WWII, and served in ports of Alaska and Washington State. During her later years, she was towed and abandoned, tied to rotting pilings, finally becoming the subject of controversy over what to do with her. A small group of people worked hard to save her from destruction, but lost out in the cause.  The Enchantress was finally destroyed, never to be seen again. This song attempts to keep her memory alive and offer a bit of thanks for the service she provided during times of peace and war.