Failsafe

from These Familiar Days by Max Heinegg

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the wine dark sea is a Homeric epithet

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Failsafe

Not like the beacon or the lighthouse light
Things for the sailor’s tired eyes wide
More like the star on which he hangs his mind
Heavy the sail against the sky

Night will fall like a reverie
Spilling sound
Over the wine dark sea

Not like the rails of a guided dream
He charts by night a path he cannot see
More like the star on which he hangs his mind
Heavy the sail, heavier the time

Night will fall like a reverie
Spilling sound
Over the wine dark sea

From where he stands
The blue just goes on for miles
They move in lock-step
The eye and the mind
Pine for the old love, the failsafe
Of the sailing years
The strangest sweetness
In the joining of tide to tear

Night will fall on the sea
Like a reverie

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from These Familiar Days, released July 7, 2007

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Max Heinegg Boston, Massachusetts

Max Heinegg. Singer-guitarist and songwriter, poet and adapter of classic poems, rock and roll vocalist... all about lyrics, vocals, and guitars.
Songs here are from Sand Painting (2015) Ruby Saloon (2010) These Familiar Days (2007) and By June (2004).
In the late 90s I fronted The High Ceilings in the Boston scene, from the Rumble to the 'Dise.
In the early 90s, I fronted the Hounds in NYC.
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