Dream Captain © Tony Haynes 1977 Chorus : Dream captain, where are you going to? Dream captain, where you gonna turn? Dream captain, the waterways are calling you Canals have made you their queen You're captain of the narrowboat dream When your mother died, you hardly cried For childhood pain left you empty inside But in her will she remembered you still Her legacy gave you your thrill Just enough to buy your 'Dream' A floating home of red and green Seventy feet with a seven foot beam You're captain of the narrowboat Dream Chorus Life was grand in the early days As you slipped like sand through the waterways Without a care in the world to share With the sun on your cheeks and the wind in your hair The rippling hull soothed your troubled brow As the thudding diesel called the cows Who chewed the cud as you stirred the mud From the bottom of the cut... like navvies' blood Chorus You locked her through the failing year Thrilling to the sound of the paddle gear And John was singing by your side His songs of love that you can't hide His hand on the tiller as he steered her through The bridge holes as they yawned in view And the unborn child moved in your womb And your mind was freed from the family's tomb Chorus Then came the dawn when the child was born And Johnny, he left you the following morn To 'try his hand with a new jug band On one night stands throughout the land' And now you bleed in your hour of need And the child is crying for her feed And the money's gone like a fading song And winter nights are drawing long Chorus Now you're all alone in your floating home And through the trees the wild winds moan And on the towpath lies the snow And past the hull cold waters flow And as you stare in dark despair Reflected in your own nightmare You know full well you'll have to sell This floating 'Dream' has become your hell! Kindly contributed by Tony Haynes. He states : Written after dreaming that I heard the song on the radio. Originally I didn't like the dreamt ending, so I gave it a happy ending. But the following night I had the same dream, and changed the ending back to how it was originally. 3rd August 1977 A true story? Who knows? Whenever I see a boat called Dream, I wonder. It is no accident that my own boat, acquired 22 years later, is called 'Dreamcatcher'.
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