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What The Sea Remembers

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The idea for this song (and the album) came to me a few years ago when I was out on the Gulf of Paria, a pocket of the Caribbean Sea which stretches between Trinidad and Venezuela. On the way out to the location, beneath the shallow silty water, lay the rusted wreck of an old barge. Looking down, I was struck by how much of our history, like that sunken vessel, lies buried under waves - its outline barely visible in the blue shadows. Indeed, beneath this much traversed patch of ocean lie Spanish galleons, slaving ships, pirogues (fishing boats), oil tankers and even a German U-Boat submarine – all covered by that vast water which serves as both a barrier and bridge between our islands and the wider world.

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on this place by the shore
could ask for nothing more
this place by the shore
can't help but suspect something more
lies way down in the deep
long hidden by the sea
way down in the gloom
where ships and seamen met their doom
remnants of that golden tide
which drew men across the ocean wide
left by those times
which these wide waters try to hide
down in the deep where colours fade
where slaving ships and pirate raids
left silver coins and rusted chains
half eaten by the waves

what the sea remembers
is all it takes away
what the sea remembers
will it spit it out some day
what the sea remembers
it buries in the blue
what the sea remembers could have been me and you.

on the place by the shore
I sense something long obscured
worn by the wash of time
half-eaten by the salty brine
if you look close you could see
the outline of that history
which if you look close you could see
is a reflection there of you and me
because we really never step outside
the world these waters try to hide
not on this windy shore
where natures elements collide
but when the waves reached for you
I could not share you with the blue
no, you were mine to keep
no, not for you the hungry deep

what the sea remembers
is all it takes away
what the sea remembers
will it spit it out some day
what the sea remembers
it buries in the blue
what the sea remembers could have been me and you.

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from Where The Galleon Sank, released February 10, 2017

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KOBO TOWN Toronto, Ontario

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude. ... more

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