Calling of the Dove

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I like harbour towns, they welcome strangers and often have the best bars. Hamburg is one of my favourite.

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Calling of the Dove
(Ray Cooper)

I do believe in the simple life
And when you find the right one you need never part again
We found each other here in the dust
Among the towers of steel and rust
It was love in the dockland till night turned to day
And now I hear the calling of the dove again

The cobbled streets look just the same
Glistening wet in the morning rain
As I followed the lights till the end of the street
And I found the bar where we used to meet
It's 4.00am and the lamps are low
They're playing the same music on the radio
Tamla Motown never gets old
But chances come and chances go
And oh, so much time has passed
Another show has another cast
And other actors fill our shoes
And the harbour town sings the harbour blues
Things can never be the same
Ships move on but the docks remain
And I can hear the calling of the dove again

The ice ship lies sleeping by the harbour wall
How I long to hear those diesels roar
And cut me a channel through this pack ice
That locks our hearts come back to me tonight
I used to believe I had only cold blood in my veins
And now I hear the calling of the dove again

I found your letter in a box one day
And reading it again in another way
I can see maybe we had a chance
But we gave up on that big romance
There were ties, I couldn't see
I didn't know what you meant to me
But I'll just say thanks memories like this
Have been a comfort in the wilderness
And now I'm back in this harbour town
Think I'll take the time and look around

I can see not much has changed
Ships move on but the docks remain
And I can hear the calling of the dove again

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from Palace of Tears, released August 29, 2014

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Ray Cooper UK

Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk Awards and appeared live on the "Later..with Jools Holland' show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career. ... more

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