Saturday, April 30, 2016

Amsterdam by Jacques Brel (Sung and Played by Fred Holstein)

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  1. Amsterdam by Jacques Brel (Sung and Played by Fred Holstein)

    In the port of Amsterdam, there’s a sailor who sings
    Of the dreams that he brings, from the wide-open sea

    In the port of Amsterdam, there’s a sailor who sleeps
    While the river bank weeps, to an old willow tree

    In the port of Amsterdam, there’s a sailor who dies
    Full of beer, full of cries, in a drunken-down fight

    In the port of Amsterdam, there’s a sailor who is born
    On a muggy, hot morn, by the dawn’s early light

    In the port of Amsterdam, where the sailors all meet
    There’s a sailor who eats, only fish heads and tails

    He will show you his teeth, that have rotted too soon
    That can swallow the moon, that can haul up the sails

    And he yells at the cook, with his arms opened wide
    Bring me more fish, put it down by my side

    And he wants so to belch, but he’s too full to try
    So he gets up and laughs, and he zips up his fly

    In the port of Amsterdam, you can see sailors dance
    Till it’s bursting their pants, grinding women to paunch

    They have forgotten the tune, that their whiskey voice croaks
    They’re splitting the night, with the roar of their jokes

    And they dance and they turn, and they laugh and they lust
    Till the rancid sounds, of the accordion’s burst

    Then out in the night, with their pride in their pants
    With a slut that they tow, underneath the street lamps

    In the port of Amsterdam, there’s a sailor who drinks
    And he drinks, and he drinks, and he drinks once again

    He drinks to the health, of the whores of Amsterdam
    Who have promised their love, to a thousand other men

    And they bargain their bodies, and their virtue long gone
    For a few dirty coins, and when he can’t go on
    He plants his nose in the sky, and he wipes it up above
    And he pisses like I cry, for an unfaithful love
    In the port of Amsterdam, in the port of Amsterdam
    In the port of Amsterdam!

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