O’ My Chesapeake

O’ MY CHESAPEAKE

When I was a young man I released my feet
And they carried me strong across the trouble I’d meet
When without peace, when weary the most
They’d head for the east and I’d sleep on the coast

When the summer was ripe, come a knock on my door
See my friends and their pipes set upon my porch
Alive was the highway, alight was the bridge
We got high in a way that I haven’t got since

O my Chesapeake, O my Chesapeake
Forget all the things that my soul does seek
A boy needs no dinner when the tobacco is sweet
I’ll sleep tonight on the Chesapeake

We ran down our nights in run down hotels
With balcony cries and bottles and bells
To abandon weeks, to hangover days
To not quit tomorrow, what we could quit today

And now every summer I hear no call
If my friends are not lawyers they don’t work at all
You can call that man history who lives in the past
But can you blame him for asking for something to last

O my Chesapeake, O my Chesapeake
Forget all the things that my soul does seek
Another Sunday dead, another needless week
I’ll sleep tonight on the Chesapeake

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