This seafaring song was written for Sea Sound Sing, a cappella Festival in Brighton in 1998. The lyrics, as well as being a well-known phrase, came from a solidarity song originally written by Betsy Rose. An updated version can be found in the marvellous new book Community Voiceworks published by OUP. I have quite recently found out that this quote is attributed to Martin Luther King Junior!
This song was commissioned by Walcot Community Choir, in Bath, many moons ago – it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship! They requested a song about ‘positive ageing’ – I got the words of the intro / outro from Das Energy by Paul Williams. The song ended up having a slow, reflective dub-vibe.