Oh, Shit.

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A true story of adventure on the low seas. This won 3rd place in the 2007 OVFF songwriting contest! This is dedicated to my father in law, who had to repair the real malodorous spreader, and to the poor stupid bastard who ran the crane that day.

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I make my living up in the sky - and that's no shit F
I look the eagles in the eye - no shit, that's what I do. F C7 F

See I run the crane at the port on the river F Bb
Every day I climb my ladder to a pretty good height F C
The Columbia carries an awful lot of traders F Bb
Who depend on me doing my job just right F C7 F

A container ship and crew ain't cheap to keep running F Bb
And it's damned expensive to make them wait F C
There's a bonus for me if I can speed up the process F Bb
Of separating them from their containers of freight F C7 F

I make my living up in the sky - and that's no shit F
I look the eagles in the eye - no shit, that's what I do. F C7 F

Well one day I had a real bright idea F Bb
Of how to do my job quicker - see, I'm no dunce F C
Instead of moving my crane for every damn container F Bb
Why not do one side all at once? F C7 F

Well it turns out they had a very good reason F Bb
For taking those boxes off of alternate sides F C
Got one side clear and the barge tipped over F Bb
With my spreader attached, still holding on tight F C7 F

I make my living up in the sky - and that's no shit F
But that don't mean I know how to fly – oh, SHIT man, here I go F C7 F

My crane went along and dumped me in the river Dm Bb
From a mighty damn height and to this day I shiver F Am
To think that I lived through that terrible fall Dm Bb
During which I learned a lesson about city hall Gm Eb C

For a city this size makes an awful lot of sewage F Bb
And an awful lot of sewage needs somewhere to go F C
And just where that might be I happened to discover F Bb
By landing in the middle of the sewage outflow F C7 F

I scrubbed my clothes and I scrubbed the cabin F Bb
And the crane and the spreader sat under the hose F C
But no matter how much scrubbing and elbow grease and solvents F Bb
I use, something lingers to tickle my nose F C7 F

I make my living up in the sky - and that's no shit F
But the eagles now they just fly by - cause it smells like shit up here. F C C7 F

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from Flotsam from 2007, released December 31, 2007

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Brooke Abbey Vancouver

Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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