From THE PIE OF DAMOCLES 1983: A Review

Poem: Alasdair Gray © 2005

5 – A Sentimental Song


A pianist went sailing on the sea

A pianist went sailing o’er the blue.

A pianist he entered a lofty vessel’s side

and his tuneful instrument went with him too.


He played in that gallant vessel's hold,
He played on the bossom of the wave,
He so charmed that lofty ship with his many merry tunes
That they docked feeling comforted and brave.


I have travelled a very long way.

I have been where no bird has ever flown,

I have been and I’ve returned while cradled in your arms

and my sleep is now the deepest I have known.