Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

Rime of the Not-So-Ancient Mariner

Lyrics

When the mariner sailed the ocean wide
With freedom in his sails
His hair was radiant with pearls of stars
As he searched for untold tales
From his bow all crystal clear
Big fish swam before his eyes
But as the wind ruffled his shining air
They saw through his disguise

The glittering stars were in his eyes
The sun and moon your slaves
You held the whole world in your hands
But now you've lowered your sails

Your clear skies were a sapphire blue
Your rivals' skies were grey
The race was won if you had known
Why did you delay
The seven seas denied your quest
To win Poseidon's crown
Maidens fair cursed you in despair
As you failed to win renown 


The glittering stars were in his eyes
The sun and moon your slaves
You held the whole world in your hands
But now you've lowered your sails

Dark streets shone as you walked on
All carpeted in gold
Bedecked in jewels of dazzling hue
A treasure for your hold
But your mistresses are the masters now
Your raiment turned to grey
The stars went out now no sun shines
The sparkle's gone away 


The glittering stars were in his eyes
The sun and moon your slaves
You held the whole world in your hands
But now you've lowered your sails

Now all that glitters isn't gold
Now all the secrets have been told
The sailors have all returned home
Adventurous hearts have turned to stone 


Now as you sit and count your gold
They were all lies those stories told
Safe and sound and lost at home
An ancient curse turned you to stone


(Gary Miller)


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