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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

The Njord Song 
Tune: “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette   Listen on YouTube

An old man lived by the sea 
He knew all it’s currents, when the tides would be 
He loved ocean life and the bounty it brought 
He gave advice to all sailors, whatever they sought 

“You grab your mead, you take your horn.... 

“You raise a boast to the sea-god, Njord 
“You better scuttle your gold both port and starboard 
“Unless you want to be drifting home, clinging to a board 
“Raise up your horn to Njord !” 

A young man, in the plains he did dwell 
He’d never seen water outside of a well 
He came to the seashore and met the old man 
Who told him how sailors made it to the foreign lands 

“You grab your mead, you take your horn.... 

“You raise a boast to the sea-god, Njord 
“You better scuttle your gold both port and starboard 
“Unless you want to be drifting home, clinging to a board 
“Raise up your horn to Njord !” 

“The sea has a funny way of being calm and cool all day 
“And everything seems just fine 
“And the sea has a funny way of throwing a storm 
that sends the ship out of the bay 
“And into the rocks of the salty brine.” 

The ship landed on the new land’s shore 
The crew disembarked, exhausted to the core. 
They turned back around to stare out to sea 
They raised up their horns that they’d filled with mead 

“Thanks to Njord, we’re safe ashore... 

“We raise a boast, to the sea-god, Njord ! 
“He got the gold that we scuttled both port and starboard 
“Now we’re standing here on this foreign shore 
“Protected at sea by NJORD !” 

© Karl Donaldsson, 3 July 1994

The Hearth of Karl Donaldsson

Njord: © Giovanni Caselli, used with permission.

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