Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

Last Ship Outbound

So, as I mentioned last week, I wrote a song for the FilkONtario songwriting contest on the topic of the "End of the World". This would have been ever so much more useful had that been the actual topic of the contest, which was instead the "End of Time". Oops.

But I got a song out of it anyway. :) And that's a good thing.

Words and Music: Bill Roper
Copyright 2012

Last Ship Outbound

Last ship outbound, setting out to flee from the fire in the sky.
Last ship outbound, you’ve got to be aboard her when she’s ready to fly.
I would not see you stay here, ‘cause I will not see you die.
You’re the lucky winner of a one-way ticket to ride
On the last ship outbound.

You could have been an engineer or a politician’s son.
You could have had a skill they thought they’d need beneath a foreign sun,
But you’re the reason that they saved one seat in every ten
So we’d have the hope we’d be aboard her on the last day when (We saw the)

We knew we never had a chance, but we signed up anyway.
Too few seats, too many folks, and not a chance to fly away.
Until they drew your name, one chance to race the fire.
We promised that we’d be on board and I won’t let you be a liar. (Be on that)

We knew there was no chance that both of us would fly.
Now you’re the one to live and I’m the one to die.
And though we might have chosen that we both would stay,
You’re the lucky winner and you’re gonna fly away (Upon the)

I will not see you stay here and throw your life away.
You’re gonna board that ship and live to see another day.
And when the nova’s light leaves nothing here behind,
I’ll be the memory that’s kept inside a single person’s mind (Upon the)

Remember me.
Tags: filk, lyrics, musings

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