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11 June 2010 @ 11:38 pm
To sail on a dream, on a crystal clear ocean ...  
I got home just in time to make a post in celebration of Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday.

I, of course, grew up on The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, and his work as always been an inspiration to me. I know I owe some part of my love of the sea to his work and his words.

As part of the celebration, they are re-launching Calypso.

A better monument to the man, I cannot conceive.







Calypso
John Denver
from the 1975 album
Windsong


To sail on a dream, on a crystal clear ocean,
To ride on the crest of a wild raging storm;
To work in the service of life and the living
In search of the answers to questions unknown;
To be part of the movement and part of the growing,
Part of beginning to understand . . .

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to,
The things that you've shown us,
The stories you tell;
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
The men who have served you
So long and so well.

Like the dolphin who guides you,
You bring us beside you
To light up the darkness and show us the way;
For, though we are strangers in your silent world,
To live on the land we must learn from the sea;
To be true as the tide and free as the wind-swell,
Joyful and loving in letting it be . . .

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to,
The things that you've shown us,
The stories you tell;
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
The men who have served you
So long and so well.

Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to,
The things that you've shown us,
The stories you tell;
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
The men who have served you
So long and so well.


Happy Centennial, Dr. Cousteau, wherever you may be.

 
 
I feel: creativeinspired
 
 
 
silussa on June 12th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I must admit, I never made the connection between the song and the vessel. And I certainly saw enough of the series as a kid.

Your Obedient Serpentathelind on June 13th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Wow, really? Denver explicitly wrote the song for Cousteau. They were, from all accounts, close friends.

Edited at 2010-06-13 05:22 am (UTC)
silussa on June 13th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite sure how to explain the household I grew up in...I suppose the best way to put it is that my father never approved of anything musically after the 1940s. And very, very loudly made sure it wasn't heard in the house.

Being "in the boonies" with no neighbors until fairly late on, and a home situation which pretty well discouraged a social life...well, just never got exposed to much. Saw the tv series because it was TV (and he tended to be either asleep or elsewhere at that time of the day), but almost no exposure to John Denver.