Steampunk Sea Shanties-Cov. of the Kraken

The Devil’s Triangle
(Based on the early adventures of the Covenant of the Kraken)
Copyright 2010 - C.R.Fagan

Link To Download The Devil’s Triangle performed by the author


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Some say the Devil rules the storms that drive our ships aground
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Others say it is the wrath of God for sailors sins that oft abound
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But I know what waits out in that place, they call the Devil’s home
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The Devil’s Triangle sends ships through time and in the past they roam.

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She was born the “Constitution” from the mind of a great shipwright!
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She and her sisters were our answer when Barbary Pirates dared us to fight!
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In 1812 the English came back to make our nation a slave again,
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But her guns roared and rained havoc down striking fear into their men.

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The English attacked her fiercely and brought their mightiest guns to bear,
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But the balls bounced off until finally,  “Her sides are iron!” they did declare!
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When the time came to retire her, a poem by Holmes gave her new life.
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He dubbed this ship “Old Ironsides” and we rewarded all her strife.


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She now sailed as a school of learning, for young student officers of the North,
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But when smugglers or pirates got too close they learned, she still could sally forth.
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When war broke out, they moved her back, but refitted and readied to fight,
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But in the Civil War, she was used for little more, than chasing smugglers in the night.

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On a training cruise we spied a sloop attacking merchants off of the coast.
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She’d been converted to steam, and was long and lean, but had a dozen guns at the most.
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The Captain gave leave to attack, but she headed  into a mist runnin' fast!
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We were sucked into a whirlpool and sent almost 300 years to the past


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Though still a young lieutenant I found myself the senior man;
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For most lost their mind, jumped into the brine, or drank themselves around the bend.
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I formed a crew to repair and sail East looking for any  port that availed.
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Yesterday Ironsides had been over the hill.  Now she was the strongest ship that sailed!



Sliding Down a Gravity Well
(Based on the early adventures of the Covenant of the Kraken)


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Old Ironsides was a mighty ship boasting 50 guns or more
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Her sturdy Hull was built too strong for all but the largest bore!
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But the masts all broke, the men all choked, We thought we’d gone to Hell!
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The day the grand ship Ironsides slid down a gravity well.

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When the war was done, we thought we’d have some fun, chasing smugglers on the sea,
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But things changed one day, when we saw a sloop attack moving fast against the breeze.
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We trailed her smoke East of Bermuda, to an island cove where she did hide,
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But she could run into the wind mighty fast making it hard to break her stride.
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On a full moon night, we laid a trap trailing a merchant ship from well up wind.
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When the pirates showed, we raised the chase, and our guns started homing in.
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The pirates slowed a bit when our chain shot tore a hole right through their main sail.
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They turned hard to port and made a run for where the water’s blue had turned quite pale.


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Our hearts all froze when we crested a swell.  We were sure they’d lost their minds. 
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We were all headed into a whirlpool.  We didn’t know it was a portal of time!
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An invisible force pulled me to the deck.  ‘Couldn’t rise no matter how I’d try!
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I remember thinking it strange seeing water above where before there had been the sky.
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When I woke we were drifting in the dark with broken rudder, sails and masts.
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Twas now a new moon night, but had been full moon bright while circling in waters fast.
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Some men had died and others tried to follow them when we learned,
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Our nation and families had ne’er been born, that’s how far back time had turned. 


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We formed a group of privateers and made rules to keep us sane.
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When men turn beast, they attack their own, and that’s every leader’s bane.
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We swore an oath not to torture or rape, nor ever harm a child,
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Nor to attack our own, save for treachery or to put down a dog gone wild!

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Thus the Co-ven-ant of the Kraken was born, and we follow strict rules of war.
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We fly the Kraken Flag and the Hourglass now above all the seven seas and the shore!
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To go back home, our hearts still yearned, but we feared to make the trip,
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We kept the gravity well a secret still and claimed the Turks had made our ship!


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We arrived at the Court of Isabella towing captured pirate ships.
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Some wanted to try to take Ironsides, but the King & Queen kept their grip.
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I sold them on using us as privateers, but then choked on their philosophy.
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We now wander seeking fame and fortune and fight for freedom on the seven seas!