Sailor's Daughter

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The updated sea chantey SAILOR'S DAUGHTER recalls in one verse the delicate dolls my father actually used to bring back to me as souvenirs from foreign ports in Japan, the Netherlands, Scotland, Brazil. However, as the song alludes to, they were less durable than my other toys and did not survive the tests of my rambunctious childhood.

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Papa would go sailin’, sailin
Far across the eastern sea
Every where he sailed he’d find them
All the gifts he brought to me
All the gifts he brought to me

Fragile dolls in fancy costume
Pretty jewels in pear-shaped jars
They were presents for a young woman
Not a little baby like me
Not a little baby like me

oooo...

Maybe he could see the future
Maybe he had plans for me
Maybe he saw a different daughter
Looking back across the sea
Looking back across the sea

I should have kept them precious
I should have stored them well
My poor old papa’s presents
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still

ooo...

Now he no longer wanders
Or sails on any sea
Or remembers son or daughter
Only travels in his dreams
Only travels in his dreams

I should have kept them precious
I should have known damn well
My poor old papa’s presents
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still
If I had I’d have them still

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from Sailor's Daughter, released July 1, 2007

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Celia Chavez California

The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has spent the past several years traveling the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias.
As a solo artist, Celia makes records in the tradition of 1970's Laurel Canyon; real musicians making real music.
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