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Inspired by the story of Exmouth's Nancy Perriam (1770 – 1867), who saw so much more of the world than most people of her time, going to sea with the navy.


Give me a wave, give me the rolling sea
I once was lost, but at least I was free

I saw the world from between the stern and prow
I sailed the sea, but I am landlocked now

Born by the sea, always the sea at my side
Meaning the end of things, the end of earthly ties
For me, the salt, the wind and the wave
For me, the horizon, the start of a new day


I had two men, two men of constant sorrow
They gave me rings, their names for to borrow
I gave them girls, to take their sorrows on
But they heard the bell toll, and could not hold on


I sewed the shirts, and I loaded the guns
I sewed the wounds, fought as hard as any man
But I am no man, and for this my voyage ends
Lest I bring bad luck, I must walk on earth again


They fear bad luck on the brine
But the bad luck is all mine
For to be born a woman is to be born
Swimming with your hands tied

And these small souls, hauled from the sea
I carry them with me through the streets
I sell them off, with the loud cries of the game
But I whisper to them, our fate has been the same

For I once was a wave, I once was the rolling sea
Deep as the ocean, free as the fish were free
But I was caught, I was hooked somehow,
And now all my song is, I am landlocked now
I am landlocked

Give me the sea, with it's endless shifting change
I run from the earth, which will always be the same
I'd rather live, and face the storm, and drown,
Than just exist, and be buried six feet down.


from Edgelarks, released October 6, 2017


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Edgelarks: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin UK

Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Combining soulful original songwriting with deep folk roots and influences as diverse as Indian classical and American blues, this duo produce a sound like no other. ... more


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