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See this primitive riverbedSee wright here all the follies ledDvery own by the water andDown by the old primary dragI was simply some tow-head teenFeeling round for fingers to obtain in betweenDvery own by the water andDvery own by the old major dragThe seaboy rubs me wrongThe summer swells anonSo knock me dvery own, tear me upBut I would bear it all broken simply to fill my cupDvery own by the water andDown by the old primary dragSweet descfinish this rabble roundThe pretty bit patter of a seaport townRolling in the water andRolling down the old main dragAll dolled up in gabardineThe lash-flashing Leda Of Pier NineteenQueen of the water andQueen of the old main drag
The season rubs me wrongThe summer swells anonSo knock me dvery own, tear me upBut I would bear it all broken just to fill my cupDvery own by the water andDvery own by the old primary dragThe season rubs me wrongThe summer swells anonSo knock me dvery own, tear me upBut I would certainly bear it all damaged just to fill my cupDown by the water andDvery own by the old main dragDown by the water andDvery own by the old main dragDown by the water andDvery own by the old primary drag
This song is about the joyful and also currently forgotten life of Portlands (and America’s) vital maritime past. The old primary drag in Portland is the port location alengthy the river. Once industrial by way of heavy steam powered craft, it remained necessary thru the 1920’s, fundamentally dying out with the arrival of railroadways.
This is a sad song, invoking the horrible feeling of fighting to continue to be afloat whilst watching beloved resides, heritages, and graceful ships sink silently into the past. A beautiful, haunting, and also uniquely American homage that deserves a location amongst our greatest maritime stories. Well Done Decemberists!
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