A Lonely Rowboat

by Duncan Jones

A lonely rowboat skims across
A black and still night sea
And in the wind he hears his name
It calls, “Come back to me ...”

He sees their eyes as dark as night
But he never can be sure
And so he rows when the sea is calm
And goes in search of her

I hear the wind it calls my name
"Come swimming in the sea
Before I go, though, I must know
Will you come swim with me?”

His tale goes back, one stormy night
Another ship taken by waves
One of few who escapes his fate
One of few who are ever saved

So life went on he met a girl
With hair and eyes like night
For both of them, as everyone says
Was true love at first sight

I hear the wind it calls my name
"Come swimming in the sea ..."
Before I go, though, I must know
Will you come swim with me?

And he always said to everyone
That he couldn’t ask for more
But he always felt before they met
That they had met before

Sometimes when a sea breeze came
He would catch her barely sigh
And sometimes she would watch the sea
With sadness in her eyes

I hear the wind it calls my name
"Come swimming in the sea ..."
Before I go, though, I must know
Will you come swim with me?

But she’d look away and never say
When the wind would call her name
And though she tried to put aside
The sea called her all the same

He found one day when he came home
Her note up upon the bed
And then knew, the legends true
Her note to him it read

I hear the wind it calls my name
"Come swimming in the sea ..."
Before I go, though, I must know
Will you come swim with me?

So a lonely rowboat swims across
A black and still night sea
And in the wind he hears his name
It calls, “Come back to me ...”

He sees their eyes as dark as night
But he never can be sure
And so he rows when the sea is calm
And goes in search of her

I hear the wind it calls my name
"Come swimming in the sea ..."
Before I go, though, I must know
Will you come swim with me?

A shipwrecked sailor is saved by a seal. Later in life he meets/marries her (she’s taken human form as legends say some do). She knows though that one day she will have to return to the sea. He doesn’t realize where they had met until he finds the note, so he goes looking for her. He has no way to be sure of who she is though so he will forever be searching for her.