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Available on the album The Union
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Piano and vocals:Elton John, Leon Russell
Drums and Percussion:Jim Keltner, Jay Bellerose
Tambourine:Mike Piersante
Acoustic bass:Dennis Crouch
Guitar:Marc Ribot
Electric Guitar:T Bone Burnett
Keyboard:Keefus Ciancia
Backing vocals:Tanya Balam, Bill Cantos, Alfie Silas Durio, Judith Hill, Kellye Huff, Perry Morgan, Tiffany Smith, Rose Stone, Tata Vega, Jean Witherspoon
It's a constant struggle getting up that hill
There's a change of guard every day
When you're clinging onto a driftwood boat
You pray a great white whale might come your way
No freeway traffic in the frozen North
Just a chain link fence full of birds
And when the harpoon's loaded in the cannon bay
You'll be rolling through the pages lost for words
chorus:
Hey Ahab can you tell me where
I can catch a ride out of here
Hey Ahab hoist that sail
You've gotta stand up straight
When you ride that whale
In a crumbling city we were trapped for days
With a broken sun above the clouds
Caught like Jonah forty fathoms down
And a sign on the wall says, "Hope Allowed"
All the cryptic symbols carved on bone
A far cry from a tattooed rose
And when the boys in the rigging catch the wind
We'll all weigh anchor and it's westward ho
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© 2010 Mercury Records Limited
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