Thousands are sailing

Thousands are sailing - Man seated on a pier harbor looking at the seaThe island it is silent now
But the ghosts still haunt the waves
And the torch lights up a famished man
Who fortune could not save
Did you work upon the railroad
Did you rid the streets of crime
Were your dollars from the white house
Were they from the five and dime
Did the old songs taunt or cheer you
And did they still make you cry
Did you count the months and years
Or did your teardrops quickly dry
Ah, no, says he, ’twas not to be
On a coffin ship I came here
And I never even got so far
That they could change my name
Thousands are sailing
Across the western ocean
To a land of opportunity
That some of them will never see
Fortune prevailing
Across the western ocean
Their bellies full
Their spirits free
They’ll break the chains of poverty
And they’ll dance…
_ The Pogues (Thousands are sailing, excerpt) _

To all the migrants, roamers, drifters, wanderers and dreamers.

Image info:
“Thousands are sailing”
Ireland, Aug. 1993
© Massimo S. Volonté

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