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Marie Christine
The Coach House Reel
Marie Christine by Gordon Lightfoot
The Coach House Reel by A. MacLeod

 
The pipe tune which begins this track was written by Alan in dedication to his local hostelry in Balfron.

Those old ships and seas and the heavy, lonely sea dogs - the ones that live to love.  And the tender ladies...Marie Christine.


LYRICS:

Chorus:
    Have you seen the lighthouse shining from the rock
    Or the ship Marie Christine and all her gallant lot
    Have you seen the lighthouse, oh we are close to land
    Cried the brave young captain to his wretched men

Have you seen the harbour cried Marie Christine
Have you seen the jagged rocks in the waters in between
Have you seen the lighthouse, oh save me if you can
If you do I'll promise you I'll never sail again

Have you seen the lighthouse shining from the rock
Cried the brave young captain to his wretched lot
Then gather all your photographs and don your coats of blue
If anyone can save us now Marie Christine 'tis you

Chorus

When first I saw Marie Christine, the woman that she was
I signed aboard to man her sail and with honour held her course
I christened her with old champagne, and I drove her to the West
Of all the men who sailed on her, in truth I sailed her best

Chorus

 

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