As we sail through the sea,
Oh say, can you see?
After a while we lose sight,
By the dawn’s early light…
A fallen empire’s banner waves,
Not so free and not so brave.
A ship of fools
Sets out to rule the world;
We do not show ourselves as such,
We do not know ourselves that much.
The holy heathen
Reap what we have sown;
Beasts with bulging bellies bellow,
Our solemn souls resound so hollow.
One by one
Drown in the depths of despair,
Swallowed by the swell of a turning tide,
Whose waves wash away a burning pride.
With Liberty and Justice for all…
O Captain! My captain!
The crew abandoned ship!
Row this battered boat yourself,
Your song the sirens sing –
Wearily, wearily, wearily, wearily,
The bells of freedom ring!!!
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