The Day Namotuís Ship Came In
Composed by: Charles Ipcar ©8/20/15
Tune: inspired by chorus of The Walloping Window Blind
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|It was a fair and pleasant day,
All shining sand and sea;
The waves were gently rolling in,
Borne by a tropic breeze;
Borne by a tropic breeze, me lads,
Borne by a tropic breeze,
Namotu sat as he often sat
In the shade of a rub-a-gub tree.
In the shade of a rubagub tree,
And as he gazed beyond the foam,
Then, a flash of white upon the blue,
"My shipís come at last!" he cried,
As Namotu dashed to greet the boat,
He gallantly offered her his trunk,
This song is inspired by "The Day Namotuís Ship Came In," painted by Paul Bond (http://www.paulbondart.com/), 24" X 20", 2014, San Clemente, CA, ©Paul Bond, 2014, used with permission, all rights reserved.
Bond in turn was inspired by a quote from T.S. Elliot: "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
Bond went on to say: "Namotu leaves his jungle paradise for what he hopes will be a grander life. Perhaps he will find it. And perhaps, he will simply come to discover that his source of happiness was no further than the depths of his own heart. It doesnít always require an external journey to discover it. But following the callings of our hearts is the only truly worthy voyage in life."
My own song ended up with a different twist to the plot.