Don't Be Afraid of Dragons

by Down With The Ship

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Climb aboard, climb aboard my wings — we may never come this way again...

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released January 14, 2017

FINALLY! 6 months, one destroyed laptop, and strained relations with all my housemates / neighbors. HUGE thanks to Chris Colby for the beautiful artwork and also Alex Kessler for convincing me to stick with this one. PLEASE listen with the best headphones/speakers you have and if you are not satisfied, see Nathaniel Teabagy for a full refund.

All songs, recording, production, mixing and mastering by Conor Duffy

Copyright Conor Duffy 2017

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Down With The Ship Boston, Massachusetts

Down With The Ship is a Boston area rock band with a rabid following. We are Zombie Killers all.

Malachy Duffy, vocals, guitar
Conor Duffy, drums
Nate Teebagy, bass
Joe Elkhoury, guitar
Ben Beal, keyboard, backing vocals
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Track Name: Don't Be Afraid of Dragons
Don’t Be Afraid Of Dragons

Don’t be afraid of dragons until you get to know them
You see them through the trees at night and you creep, and you sneak right up to them

Don’t be afraid of dragons, ‘til you know why you should
‘Til you see flames pour from their mouths to scorch the mossy wood
‘Til you hear them laughing out loud, smoke spewing from between their teeth
Until you feel the rumble when you hear them speak

Don't be afraid of dragons, ‘til you've lived in their nest
‘Til you've heard their stories at night and sat, and wondered what comes next

Don’t be afraid of dragons, ‘til you’ve seen them afraid
‘Til you’ve seen them guarding their children, in the back of the cave
‘Til you’ve seen them standing over their young, crouched like a wounded mother bear
‘Til you’ve felt the heat of their flames and the heat of their stare

And you may be the nicest person that you know
The strongest, or the brightest, or the most beautiful
But consider one thing first
Would someone think you were a dragon if they met you at your worst?

Don't be afraid of dragons, ‘til you ridden on their wings
‘Til you’ve seen the cities from above, hungry peasants and the lonely kings

Don't be afraid of dragons ‘till you've heard them sing,
‘Til you’ve heard those mighty melodies that only fire can bring
‘Til you've heard them humming at night, in the misty mountain glow
‘TIl you’ve heard them in their majesty and in their woe

And you may be the nicest person that you know
The strongest, or the brightest, or the most beautiful
But consider one thing first
Would someone think you were a dragon if they met you at your worst?

And he said…
Climb aboard! Climb aboard my wings!
We may never, we may never come this way again

Climb aboard! Climb aboard!
You’re my friend, and I’m yours
I’m yours

Don't be afraid of dragons, until you're afraid of us
‘Til you've seen the king go mad with jealousy, with hatred and with lust

Don't be afraid of dragons, ‘til you miss them when they're gone
‘Til you miss their stories, and you miss their songs
‘Til you miss their humming at night, when you're laying down to bed
‘Til you miss them and wonder if they were in your head

Climb aboard! Climb aboard my wings!
We may never, we may never come this way again

Climb aboard! Climb aboard!
You’re my friend, and I’m yours
I’m yours

I’m yours, I’m yours
I’m yours, I’m yours
I’m yours, I’m yours
I’m yours, I’m yours

(Drop down and say goodnight, you are one of us)
(Drop down and say goodnight, you are one of us)
(Drop down and say goodnight, you are one of us)
(Drop down and say goodnight, you are one of us)
Track Name: Gypsy Princess
Gypsy Princess

Gypsy princess where were you, when the winter turned to night?
Where were you when evil came to sleep at my streetside?
And now you’re here in all your grace, but maybe it’s not enough
Where were you when I first moved here? Where were you when I needed love?

Gypsy princess now you’re here, too little or too late
Or maybe just enough, and just in time to aid escape
Cut the ropes off of my hands, and help me down the stairs
And tell me everything I’ve missed, while locked away up there

Gypsy princess, open your eyes, and smile for the show
It’s been going on so long, since many years ago
And though you have a part to play, it may not be for long
Oh princess, I’ll be sorry when you’re gone

From the sea, you came victorious, just as I was gonna leave town
To the west, you took my breath, just as I was settling down

Gypsy, gypsy princess
Please hold out your hand
And take my goodwill with you as you sail
To far and distant lands

Hopefully I’ll make it out, to visit you far abroad
But the truth is I’ll be sitting here
Thinking of your charms
Track Name: Ghost of California
Ghost of California

Forgot what I said
Forgot what I was gonna say
Forgot who I am
Forgot who I’m supposed to be

Alone on the beach
Sun bleached hair and brown oiled skin
Everything within my reach
Everything within my reach

Sometimes wine goes down like water
And leaves you stranded on the shore
With some pretty river daughter
Or a lonely little whore

But you were the diamond in the rough
The needle in the stack
And I can't get enough
And I can't get enough

Pacing round the room in circles
Been staring at the calendar all week
I was so excited
Now I'm so nervous that I can't speak

Maybe it just made sense at the time
Back when we were only 19
I think I’m gonna be alright
After all, you were mine

Stories we tell ourselves, about what went wrong
What's the conclusion? What's the takeaway?
Events in a timeline, that only we know
And only we give a shit about

But there's no moral sometimes
Sometimes you have to take the blow
Sometimes the words don’t seem to rhyme
And you have to let it go

Pacing round the room in circles
Been staring at the calendar all week
You were so excited
Now you’re so disgusted that you can’t speak

Maybe it just made sense at the time
Back when we were only 19
I think I’m gonna be alright
After all, you were mine

I thought that one day we'd be married, when we were young
And then one day we'd be buried
Side by side
On the golden coast
I’m the ghost of California
Where the sun dives deep into the roaring pacific
And we'd be sleeping under sundown, not alone

And maybe it just makes sense this time (Were you invited? Were you invited?)
After all we’re only 22
I think you’re gonna be just fine (Were you invited? Were you invited?)
After all, I’m coming, coming home to you

And maybe it just makes sense this time (Were you invited? Were you invited?)
Back when we were only 19
I think I’m gonna be alright (Were you invited? Were you invited?)
After all, you were mine

I’m the
I’m the ghost of California
Track Name: Arya
Arya, Arya m’amour
forgive me I've the wherewithal to ask

Arya, Arya m’amour
Come with me, to far beyond the cusp of the map that we have wandered so far

Arya, Arya m’amour
You frighten me with all your subtle jest

Arya, Arya m’amour
Come with me away into the west, to a life we never wanted, ‘til now

And if we wander on in infamy
Let our minds remember victory
May good fortune be always at the start of tomorrow
And may peace live in your heart

Arya, Arya m’amour
Ce est calme dans l'ombre de la nuit

[Arya, Arya love me
it's quiet in the shadows of the night]

Arya, Arya m’amour
La rivière coule dans la mer profonde
Nous pouvons suivre ensemble, ce soir

[Arya, Arya love me
the river flows into the deep sea
we can follow together tonight]

And if we wander on in infamy
Let our minds remember victory
May good fortune be always at the start of tomorrow
And peace live in your heart

Arya, Arya m’amour
Oublier la couronne vous laissez derrière

[Arya, Arya love me
forget the crown you leave behind]
Arya, Arya m’amour
Vous êtes la reine des arbres d'or et vert
Car ils aiment vos yeux rieurs

[Arya, Arya love me
you are the queen of gold and green trees
because they like your laughing eyes]

And if we wander to infinity
Let our voices forge a symphony
May the stars watch over all our thoughts, and ‘til tomorrow
May peace live in our hearts
Track Name: Shallan
Shallan

Sleep now, go to bed
Close your eyes, lay down your head
Sleep now, my baby dear
There is nothing left to fear

Until now, things were ever moving towards a bitter end
And storms, were ever brewing at the Origin
You put everything under, under a blanket to hide away
And me I was locked in a room upstairs, hidden away

So sleep now, go to bed
You remember what you did
Sleep now, my baby dear
There is nothing left to fear

The ship is in the harbor now
The ship is in the harbor now
The ship is in the harbor now
The ship is in the harbor now

You
Me
You
Me

Stormfather help me what have I become?
I come to you a sinner, bitter taste on my tongue
Won’t you lend me your light, ignite my form against the wind

The highstorm approaches, the sky is dark
And we have not the means, the means of escape
The cracked spiderweb of the Shattered Plains
Hold me tight, and I will hold you close

Oh Jezerah can’t you see me?
I’m just a child in your eyes, and in your mind
Won’t you lend me your light? Let me make this world evergreen

The Everstorm cometh
And the sky is bare
And we are, completely unaware
Out here on the spiderweb of the Shattered Plains
Hold me tight and I will hold you close

And in my time of dying, will you take all I have left?
And will my final moments, will they be ones of regret?
And in my final hour, will you see me?
And will I be reborn?

We may fall, before we're evergreen
Laying down eyes smoking
And we may fall before we're evergreen
Or we may rise triumphant

Cause it's just you
And me
You
And me

So sleep...
Track Name: Road Trip
Road Trip

Got in the car, turn the ignition on
Made a playlist for the trip
A list of songs, that will keep me entertained
So I don't have to think about it

A nice large home
With a weather vane
It has our names engraved in bronze
A pool with a diving board
So we can plunge to the bottom

Is that what you want to be a part of?
All smiles instead of laughs
Is that what you want?
Friendly gatherings
Fire up the grill, and leave the propane running

Pull up outside, leave the engine on
Came all this way, but I'll only be here for a few
Before you hug me, look in my eyes
So you can see the reason too

Is this what I want?
A lull in the conversation
For the next odd 35 years
Is this what I want?
A shoe-horned explanation
Just so I can say that I'm with you?

So good luck, in your future endeavors
I hope you find the things you seek
And the time that we were together
Well, that is yours to keep
Track Name: Yo Ho
Yo Ho

It took me a while to make it out
The weather was frightful you know
And now that I'm thinking I don't remember inviting myself to the show

Thank you for coming it's getting late
And I know you've got places to be
Children to tend you and questions to pester your wife as you lull her to sleep

I used to work shipping in the Netherlands
The runs were each seven months long
And all I could do was sing ocean songs to all the men as they prayed through the night

So I sang yo ho, yo ho
Say a few prayers for me
You are not alone out here

Yo ho, yo ho
Lie down and go get some sleep
Let your spirit come back to you

So maybe you'll hear something here tonight, that will give you a reason to stay
To laugh or to cry or to say your goodbyes to a long and a troublesome day

So sit by the bar for a couple rounds, and listen ‘til you've had your fill
Then stumble on home and sleep peacefully, while the rest of us wait for the dawn

And we’ll sing yo ho, yo ho
Breathe in the salt and the sea
You are not alone out here

Yo ho, yo ho, what does it mean to be free?
To let your spirit come back to you?

And you may not believe me but we’ll be back there soon okay, so just hold on
And you may not believe me, but your family's been waiting since the day you were gone

And you may not believe me but we’ll be back there soon okay, so just hold on
And you may not believe me, but your family's been waiting since the day you were gone