Love Like an Ocean
Song Lyrics          

    SUMMERCLOUD  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton© 2006)

    Ever since I was a young man I’ve liked my pleasure kind
    My home is California. I’ve treasures in my mind.
    I like to go out walking far past the crazy crowd
    And linger on the seacoast and search for Summercloud

    Now I have learned a few things; forgotten many more.
    I often pass the hours on some deserted shore
    And sometimes when I’m lonely I call her name out loud.
    Oh come and make it beautiful. Be with me, Summercloud.

    I have seen her in my daydreams rising on the water.
    Her skin reflects the sunlight beams, my graceful ocean’s daughter.
    Her body’s long and lilting. She’s like the sun is warm.
    Her eyes and lips are love itself. Her thoughts subdue the storm.

    Now when the ocean sparkles with the brightness of the sun
    And the afternoon grows sultry and I’m looking for my fun.
    Maybe if I’m lucky she’ll loose her golden shroud
    And I will sing my love to her, oh someday Summercloud.




    GOOD SHIP KANGAROO  (From the singing of Christy Moore)

    Once I was a waiting man who lived at home, at ease.
    Now I am a mariner who plows the angry seas.
    I always loved seafaring life, I bid my love adieu
    And I shipped as steward and cook my boys upon the Kangaroo.
    (Chorus)
    I never thought she would prove false or even prove untrue
    As we sailed away through Milford Bay on board the Kangaroo

    “Think of me, oh think of me,” she mournfully did say,
    “When you are in some foreign land and I am far away.
    Take this lucky three-penny bit it will help you bear in mind
    That loving, trusting, faithful heart you left in tears behind.”
    “Cheer up, cheer up, me own true love, don’t you weep so bitterly.”
    She sobbed, she cried, she moaned, she sighed, she would not say goodbye.
    “I won’t be gone for very long, ‘tis but a month or two.
    When I return again, of course, I’ll come and visit you.”
    (Chorus)
    I never thought she would prove false or even prove untrue
    As we sailed away through Milford Bay on board the Kangaroo

    Our ship, it was homeward bound from many’s a foreign shore
    And many a foreign present unto me love I bore.
    I brought tortoises from Tenerife, toys from Timbuktu,
    A China rat, a Bengal cat, and a Bombay cockatoo.
    Paid off, I sought her dwelling in a street above the town
    Where on the line an ancient dame was hanging out her gown.
    “Where is me love?” “She’s vanished, sir, about three months ago
    With the smart young man who drives the van for Chaplin, Son, and Co.”
    (Chorus)
    I never thought she would prove false or even prove untrue
    As we sailed away through Milford Bay on board the Kangaroo

    Here’s a health to dreams of married life, to soap and suds and blue;
    To loving hearts and patent starch and washing soda too.
    I’ll go unto some foreign shore. I can no longer stay
    And with some China Hottentot I’ll throw meself away.
    Me love she is no foolish girl, her age it is two score.
    Me love, she is no spinster, she’s been married twice before.
    I cannot say it was her wealth that stole me heart away.
    She’s a washer in a laundry for one and nine a day.
    (Chorus)
    I never thought she would prove false or even prove untrue
    As we sailed away through Milford Bay on board the Kangaroo.


    ALL’S WELL AND PEACEFUL  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    The old man’s stories tell of his adventure and his sin.
    He knows not where he is now. He just knows where he’s been
    And the sun melts away the clouds and shines upon the sea
    And all’s well and peaceful. All’s well and peaceful here with me.
    The trade winds blow to sea as the palm trees gently sway.
    I gaze upon the sandy beach where the native children play
    And I’m laughing at the clouds that float so high above
    And all’s well and peaceful. All’s well and peaceful here with me.
    Hands they move across the clock. Shadows play upon the dock.
    Waves crash into the pilings. The old fisherman, he is smiling.
    Tropical rains fall upon the hills of green.
    I know not what lies o’er them. I just know what I’ve seen
    And I’m sitting on the dock just listening to the waves
    And all’s well and peaceful. All’s well and peaceful here with me.

    KING DOGIE’S LAMENT  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    Well I’m walkin’ down the road in the evening sunlight makin’ up a ramblin’ song.
    I’m feelin’ so empty just like my pockets, seems everything I touch is going wrong.
    I’m shufflin’ kinda slowly wishin’ that I had somethin’ to bring me up right now, today.
    But now I’m scufflin’ down the road feelin’ 20 miles under.
    There really ain’t a whole lot that you can say.

    Now my true love she’s a’cryin’, standing in the shadows.
    I sure wish I could read her mind.
    Though I know we’ve both been down a long time I’ve always tried to treat her so kind.
    She’s kind of like a book you can’t tell by the cover exactly how she’s feelin’ today
    But now I’m lookin’ past her eyes and there’s no one to embrace me.
    There really ain’t a whole lot that you can say.

    Now if you offered me an easy out showin’ me a better way,
    I might be inclined to lay down my battle and sell myself away.

    The north wind it’s a’blowin’ bringin’ on the nighttime
    But there’s no stars shining for me. It’s a long road to tomorrow
    But I’ll get there by the morning, then make it down to the sea.
    Catch myself a freighter hopin’ that it’s bound for somewhere
    Where no one’s gonna get in my way, but now
    I’m standin’ in the rain with the lightening and thunder
    There really ain’t a whole lot that you can say.

    Now if you offered me an easy out showin’ me a better way,
    I might be inclined to lay down my battle and sell myself away.

    Well I’m walkin’ down the road in the evening sunlight makin’ up a ramblin’ song.
    I’m feelin’ so empty just like my pockets, seems everything I touch is going wrong.
    I’m shufflin’ kinda slowly wishin’ that I had somethin’ to bring me up right now, today.
    But now I’m scufflin’ down the road feelin’ 20 miles under.
    There really ain’t a whole lot that you can say.























    SHIPWRECKED  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    He pushes on the gate, the hinges squeak,
    The people in the house they begin to freak
    Three sisters at the window lookin’ out
    He’s a shipwreck man, there can be no doubt
    He’s been shipwrecked by the passionate gales
    They battered his hull. They tattered his sails
    The storms of delusion have cast him a’ground
    To be a shipwreck man in a shipwreck town

    Says Sister Regret with her permanent frown
    “No good’s gonna come from him hangin’ around
    He’s bad for my health and my real estate
    Something’s gonna happen, just you wait!”
    Says Sister Denial, “He’s an obvious bum.
    I know his type, they come lookin’ for rum.
    They darken our doorways, they hassle our minds,
    Step back from the window, I’ll lower the blinds.”
    He’s been shipwrecked by the passionate gales
    They battered his hull. They tattered his sails
    The storms of delusion have cast him a’ground
    To be a shipwreck man in a shipwreck town

    Sister Denial and Sister Regret
    Put their heads together ‘till their plans were set.
    “We’re callin’ the cops, that would be best.
    Don’t you agree, little Sister Celeste?”
    Sister Celeste finally spoke up at last,
    She says, “Wait a minute girls, not so fast.
    Take a look at his eyes he’s no more than a boy.
    He’s lookin’ for some peace. He’s lookin’ for some joy.
    He’s been shipwrecked by the passionate gales
    They battered his hull. They tattered his sails
    The storms of delusion have cast him a’ground
    To be a shipwreck man in a shipwreck town.”

    Sister Celeste, she puts on her shawl
    She’s through the front door and out to the wall.
    She looks in his eyes as she opens the gate.
    She says, “Come along now. It’s never too late.”
    She leads him by hand down the cobblestone lane.
    They walk through the sunlight. They walk through the rain
    Through the fields and the orchards and up the high hill
    Where the atmosphere is peaceful and still.

    He’s been shipwrecked by the passionate gales
    They battered his hull. They tattered his sails
    But he’s leavin’ this town and his troubles behind
    With a celestial girl to try to ease his mind

    She pillows his head in her womanly breast
    She rocks him to sleep. She rolls him to rest.
    And when he awakes his vision is clear
    He says, “It all looks different from way up here.”
    Then Sister Celeste after thinkin’ awhile says,
    “I can’t see returning to Regret and Denial.
    We all must choose between love and fear.
    When I looked in your eyes my decision was clear.
    I’ve been shipwrecked by the passionate gales.
    They battered my hull. They tattered my sails.
    The storms of delusion I’m risin’ above.
    I’m settin’ my sites on The Ocean of Love.”

    Meanwhile, back at the house on the street,
    Sister Regret, she gets to her feet.
    “Little sister found freedom,” she says with a smile.
    “It’s time that we should follow her celestial style.”
    Says Sister Denial as she’s nodding her head,
    “There’s a lot of wisdom in what you just said.
    But before we go making our celestial claims
    We gotta do somethin’ ‘bout changin’ these names!
    We’ve been shipwrecked by the passionate gales.
    They battered our hull. They tattered our sails.
    The storms of delusion have cast us a’ground.
    We’re just shipwreck girls in a shipwreck town.”

    Down at the dock there’s a rising tide
    And a ship that’s bound for the other side.
    She’s an elegant craft and her masts are tall
    But the townspeople don’t seem to see her at all
    Up on her deck standing hand in hand
    There’s Sister Celeste and her celestial man
    Her sisters on the dock trying to make up their mind.
    If they go they gotta leave all their baggage behind
    We’ve been shipwrecked by the passionate gales.
    They battered or hull. They tattered our sails.
    The storms of delusion we’re rising above
    To resume our journey on The Ocean of Love.


    RIDE THE WAVES  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)
    I will ride the waves on this enchanted sea,
    Through the golden days, days of tranquility,
    Through the golden days onto the isle of thee,
    Oh, oh, I will ride the waves.
    I will ride the waves into the astral skies,
    Through the golden haze to where the blue winds rise,
    Where the blue winds rise and golden dreams do dwell,
    Oh, oh, I will ride the waves.


    PEACE LIKE A RIVER  (Traditional, adapted and arranged by Jim Hinton)

    I’ve got peace like a river; I’ve got peace like a river,
    I’ve got peace like a river in my soul,
    I’ve got peace like a river; I’ve got peace like a river,
    I’ve got peace like a river in my soul

    I’ve got joy like a fountain; I’ve got joy like a fountain,
    I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul
    I’ve got joy like a fountain; I’ve got joy like a fountain,
    I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul

    I’ve got love like an ocean; I’ve got love like an ocean,
    I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul,
    I’ve got love like an ocean, I‘ve got love like an ocean,
    I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul

    I’ve got peace like a river, oh and joy like a fountain,
    I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul
    I’ve got peace like as river, oh and joy like a fountain ‘
    I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul


    BEAUTIFUL EYES  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton© 2006)

    Beautiful eyes, beautiful girl, beautiful eyes, enchanting my world,
    Watching the sun, watching the sun drifting by,
    The sun, it shines for you

    Beautiful sun, beautiful sky, beautiful wind, beautiful sigh,
    Feeling the day, feeling the day growing long,
    I live each day for you

    Drinking from a flask of pure starlight, sailing on a moonlight breeze,
    Singing my verses of fancy like a kite ‘cross the midnight seas.
    When has there ever been a time so deep in love.
    I will forever feel the magic of your touch, oh no, oh no.

    Beautiful eyes, beautiful girl, beautiful eyes, enchanting my world,
    Watching the sun, watching the sun drifting by,
    The sun, it shines for you.

    FERRIS WHEEL  ( Words and Music by Jim Hinton© 2006)

    The ferris wheel is spinning upside down. The carnival is pulling into town.
    The children are laughing. The sun is out, the sea is sparkling blue.
    I’m sitting in the park, my eyes amongst the flowers,
    Singing sunlight songs for hours here with you.

    Time is time but what is time to me. Serenely floating on my jeweled sea
    And you the magician just wave your wand and whisper with your eyes
    I’m sitting in the park, my eyes amongst the flowers,
    Singing sunlight songs for hours here with you.

    Prismic rain is falling from the sky. Colored showers drench the culprit fire
    And seeing the rainbow, I venture forth to find my crock of gold.
    I’m sitting in the park, my eyes amongst the flowers,
    Singing sunlight songs for hours here with you.

    The ferris wheel is spinning upside down. The carnival is pulling into town.
    The children are laughing. The sun is out, the sea is sparkling blue
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    SWEET BABY BLUE  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    You’re such a sweet baby, such a precious baby, oh oh, Sweet Baby Blue,
    You’re such a sweet baby, such a darlin’ baby, oh oh, I’m fallin’ for you.

    When you see me walkin’ down the street I’ve got the flowers in my hand,
    Oh , it makes me feel so neat, it makes me feel so grand,
    Pretty soon, I’ll be knockin’ on your old front door,
    Hand in hand we’ll go walkin’ down along the shore.

    You’re such a sweet baby, such a precious baby, oh oh, Sweet Baby Blue,
    You’re such a sweet baby, such a darlin’ baby, oh oh, I’m fallin’ for you.

    Later on, when the sun goes down and the stars begin to shine,
    We’ll go walkin’ ‘round the town, we’ll have ourselves a time
    And when it’s getting’ late and everyone’s gone to bed,
    We’ll be listening to the waves holding hands instead.

    You’re such a sweet baby, such a precious baby, oh oh, Sweet Baby Blue,
    You’re such a sweet baby, such a darlin’ baby, oh oh, I’m fallin’ for you.


    FIDDLERS’ GREEN (Traditional, from the singing of Brian Connolly)

    As I walked by the dockside one evening so rare,
    To view the still waters and taste the salt air,
    I heard an old fisherman singing this song,
    Saying, “Take me away boys my time is not long”,
    (Chorus)
    Wrap me up in my oilskins and jumpers, no more on the docks I’ll be seen
    Just tell me old shipmates I’m takin’ a trip mates,
    And I’ll see you someday in Fiddlers’ Green.

    Now Fiddlers’ Green is a place I hear tell where the old sailors go if they don’t go to hell,
    Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play
    And the cold coast of Greenland is far far away,
    (Chorus)
    Wrap me up in my oilskins and jumpers, no more on the docks I’ll be seen
    Just tell me old shipmates I’m takin’ a trip mates,
    And I’ll see you someday in Fiddlers’ Green.

    Now when you’re at dock and your long trip is through,
    There’s clubs and there’s pubs and there’s lassies there too
    And the girls are all pretty, the beer is all free
    And there’s bottles of rum growin’ on every tree
    (Chorus)
    Wrap me up in my oilskins and jumpers, no more on the docks I’ll be seen
    Just tell me old shipmates I’m takin’ a trip mates,
    And I’ll see you someday in Fiddlers’ Green.

    Now I don’t want a harp or a halo, not me,
    Just give me a breeze and the good rolling seas’
    I’ll play me old squeeze box as we sail along,
    With the wind in the riggings to sing me this song.
    (Chorus)
    Wrap me up in my oilskins and jumpers, no more on the docks I’ll be seen
    Just tell me old shipmates I’m takin’ a trip mates,
    And I’ll see you someday in Fiddlers’ Green.



    A SUMMER’S JOURNEY (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    They made their camp upon the bluff beneath an open sky.
    They pitched their tent in the lush green grass, the softest place to lie.
    Just above the deep ravine where Kirk Creek falls and bends,
    Downward to the rocky shore where its journey ends.
    They hiked the trail by morning mist into the deep ravine,
    Through the tangled greenery to see what might be seen.
    Wild berries, anise, Queen Ann’s lace beneath the redwood trees,
    Honeysuckle blooming vines, softly humming bees.
    All on a summer’s journey, romance on the road
    All along old Highway One the romance still unfolds.

    They made their way to the rocky shore and listened to the sound,
    Clear water moving over stones, the salt-sea all around.
    He looked at her; she whispered something softly to herself,
    While seabirds flew so low above the floating beds of kelp.
    They climbed up to the higher ground to view the humpback whale,
    An entourage of dolphins diving ‘round its tail,
    The seabirds circled overhead, we heard them cry out loud,
    The mist dissolved, the sunlight shone from out behind a cloud.
    All on a summer’s journey, romance on the road
    All along old Highway One the romance still unfolds

    The brightness lingered through the day, the night was dark and clear,
    They breathed the deep enchantment as they held each other near.
    Above the mountains to the east the constellations rose,
    The campfire light subsided into gentle ember glows.
    They loved each other deep that night, they loved each other well
    And fell into a lover’s sleep with dreams too sweet to tell.
    And they awoke to birdsong and the sunlight through the mist.
    They held each other skin to skin and once again they kissed.
    All on a summer’s journey, romance on the road
    All along old Highway One the romance still unfolds

    They made their camp upon the bluff beneath an open sky.
    They pitched their tent in the lush green grass, the softest place to lie.
    Just above the deep ravine where Kirk Creek falls and bends
    Downward to the rocky shore where this story ends.


    CHINESE LANTERN (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    And the sun, a Chinese Lantern, cast its glow upon the heavens,
    Then melted on the water leaving liquid golden rivers that flowed into the waves.
    Like a drawing etched in crystal, the snow-white gull of brightness
    Flickered dimly ‘cross my vision in the sunburst spell of evening
    Then vanished from my sight.
    And the passing scene before me shimmered like a watercolor dream
    Then faded into grayness, silent slipping darkness…


    FEELING VERY SAD AND HAPPY  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    Feeling very sad and happy looking at our lives,
    Looking at our silent smiles beneath our saddened eyes.
    Feeling very momentary in this time and place
    In this slowly slipping hour, drifting dream-lit space
    (Chorus)
    By the sea, the sun very low in the west
    Waves of comfort rolling me to rest.

    Following a dream across the land, across the seas,
    Like a monarch floating in a sunny southern breeze.
    Following a distant star like kings in days of old,
    Fleeting, fragile drops of light fall like heaven’s gold
    (Chorus)
    By the sea, the sun very low in the west
    Waves of comfort rolling me to rest.

    Counting all the tiny seashells lying in my hand,
    Each a world unto itself, nestled in the sand.
    Counting all our tiny lives drifting with the wind,
    Reaching out for what’s to come, chained to what has been.
    (Chorus)
    By the sea, the sun very low in the west
    Waves of comfort rolling me to rest.



    OCEAN OF DIVINE LOVE  (Words and Music by Jim Hinton © 2006)

    Let me lose myself in the thought of you
    Let me lose myself in the thought of you
    Then we’ll walk beside the mystic sea, by the Ocean of Divine Love
    Let me lose myself in love with you
    Let me lose myself in love with you
    Then we’ll glide upon the mystic sea, on the Ocean of Divine Love
    Let me lose myself in love with Thee
    Let me lose myself in love with Thee
    Then we’ll dive into the mystic sea, into the Ocean of Divine Love
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