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Classic Rock Bagpipe #8: The Silent Boatman - Parliament
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#8 on my Top 10 classic rock songs with bagpipes is Parliament's, The Silent Boatman. Bagpipes take the spotlight for two stretches in this psychedelic-soul-folk-rock ballad, which closes the group’s debut album. The instrument’s presence is most likely due to the influence of Ruth Copeland, a British musician who wrote the song and co-produced ‘Osmium’ with Clinton. It is said that when we leave this world It we have suffered we will be saved So I'll lift up my head whoever I am What I cannot do here there's a place that I can I'm waiting for the silent boatman To ferry me across the unknown waters In this life though I've tried Many things couldn't be Closed minds with faces looking down onto me Parting means grief but only for those left All men descend into earth at the very same depth I'm waiting for the silent boatman To ferry me across the unknown waters I wonder if in death man at last can love man Stripped of all life's gifts to him No ego to remain When you reach Jordan's banks there's no money Power Of fame No third or second class the fare is all the same I'm waiting for the silent boatman To ferry me across the unknown waters
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