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Songwriter(s): Noel Brazil


Better keep your distance from this whale
Better keep your boat from going astray
Find yourself a partner and treat them well
Try to give them shelter night and day
'Cause here in this blue light
Far away from the fireside
Things can get twisted and crazy and crowded
You can't even feel right

So you dream of Columbus
Ever time the panic starts
You dream of Columbus
With your maps and your beautiful charts
You dream of Columbus
With an ache in your travelling heart

See how the cormorant swoops and dives
Must be some thrill to go that deep
Down to the basement of this life
Down to where the mermaid gently sleeps
Not like here in this blue light
Far away from the fireside
Where things can get twisted and haunted and crowded
You can't even feel alright

And as tide must ebb and flow
I am dragged down under
And I wait the livelong day
For an end to my hunger

So I dream of Columbus
Every time that the panic starts
I dream of Columbus
With my maps and my beautiful charts
I dream of Columbus
And there's peace in a traveling heart
I dream of Columbus

Available on

Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs Main Releases 2008 (1989)
Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs DVD DVD/Video 2008 Live At The Olympia Dublin (2003)  
Twenty-five Years - Twenty-five Songs - The Song Book Books 2008  
Mary Black Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD/Video 2007  
Mary Black Live Main Releases 2003  
Mary Black Live DVD/Video 2003  
Columbus Singles/Promos 1996 with a 20 second intro  
Looking Back Odd Releases 1995  
Only A Woman's Heart (Duet with Emmylou Harris) Singles/Promos 1995  
The Mary Black Song Book Books 1993  
The Collection Main Releases 1992
The Collection Live DVD/Video 1992  
Introducting Mary Black Singles/Promos 1991  
No Frontiers Main Releases 1989