1. I come old friend from hell tonight|
Across the rotting sea
Nor the nails of the Cross nor the blood of Christ
Can bring you help this eve.
2. The dead have come to
Claim a debt from thee
They stand outside your door
Four score and three.
3. Did you keep a watch for a dead man's wind
Did you see the woman with the comb in her hand
Wailing away on the wall on the strand
As you danced to the Turkish song of the damned.
4. You remember when the ship went down|
You left me on the deck
The captain's corpse jumped up
And threw his arms around my neck.
5. For all these years I've had him on my back
This debt cannot be paid with all your jack
And as I sit and talk to you I see your face go white
This shadow hanging over me.
6. Is no trick of the light
The spectre on my back will soon be free
The dead have come to claim
A debt from thee.
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