1. Grey Funnel Line

English songwriter Cyril Tawney wrote this song about how he longed for home during his time in the navy. Sophie first heard it when she lived in Edinburgh. Jack Foster of the Edinburgh Garden Sessions (a folk podcast) played her a recording of the song by Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane and Mary Black. Sophie loves to sing it when she feels fed up with her job. Singing this is an immediate comfort, so we thought it would be a great opening song for our second album.

Lyrics:
Don’t mind the rain nor the rolling sea
The weary night never worries me
But the hardest time in a sailor’s day
Is to watch the sun as it dies away
Here’s one more day on the Grey Funnel Line

The finest ship that sails the sea
Is still a prison for the likes of me
But give me wings like Noah’s dove
And I’ll fly up harbour to the girl I love
Here’s one more day on the Grey Funnel Line

Oh Lord if dreams were only real
I’d put my hands on that wooden wheel
And with all my heart I’d turn her round
And tell the boys that we’re homeward bound
Here’s one more day on the Grey Funnel Line

I pass the time like some machine
Until blue waters turn to green
Then I’ll dance on down that walk ashore
And sail the Grey Funnel Line no more
And sail the Grey Funnel Line no more






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