From the album Common Lot
Jimmy Dowling: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Dean Drouillard: Guitar
Steve Hadley: Double Bass
The better they got the worse they seemed to be
wasn’t just all about running rum
for the unholy trinity.
They all ended up going down
leaving nothing but smoke behind,
and a girl sharp as a pine needle,
for some darker sides to find.
Branded with a scarlet letter
from ‘the brow’ to ‘the bean’,
burned through all the outports,
left shoulder tattooed thirteen.
Drifting and smouldering,
ever since the ship went down.
But she’d be playing the Portuguese Waltz
on that concertina if she was here right now.