Hear the rime of the ancient mariner 
See his eye as he stops one of three 
Mesmerizes one of the wedding guests 
Stay here and listen to the nightmares of the sea 
And the music plays on, as the bride passes by 
Caught by his spell and the mariner tells his tale
Driven south to the land of the snow and ice 
To a place where nobody's been 
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross 
Hailed in God's name, hoping good luck it brings 
And the ship sails on, back to the North 
Through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on
The mariner kills the bird of good omen 
His shipmates cry against what he's done 
But when the fog clears, they justify him 
And make themselves a part of the crime 
Sailing on and on and north across the sea 
Sailing on and on and north 'til all is calm
The albatross begins with its vengeance 
A terrible curse, a thirst has begun 
His shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner 
About his neck the dead bird is hung 
And the curse goes on and on and on at sea 
And the thirst goes on and on for them and me
Day after day, day after day, we stuck, no breath nor motion 
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean 
Water, water everywhere and all the boards did shrink 
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink
"There", calls the mariner, "There comes a ship over the line" 
"But how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no tide?" 
"See, onward she comes" "Onward she nears, out of the sun" 
"See, she has no crew, she has no life" "Wait but there's two"
Death and she, Life in Death, they throw their dice for the crew 
She wins the mariner and he belongs to her now 
Then, crew one by one They drop down dead, two hundred men 
She, she, Life-in-Death She lets him live, her chosen one
One after one by the star dogged moon 
Too quick for groan or sigh 
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang 
And cursed me with his eye 
Four times 50 living men (And I heard nor sigh nor groan) 
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump 
They dropped down, one by one
The curse it lives on in their eyes 
The mariner he wished he'd die 
Along with the sea creatures 
But they lived on, so did he 
And by the light of the moon 
He prays for their beauty not doom 
With heart he blesses them 
God's creatures all of them too
Then the spell starts to break 
The albatross falls from his neck 
Sinks down like lead into the sea 
Then down in falls comes the rain
Hear the groans of the long dead seamen 
See them stir and they start to rise 
Bodies lifted by good spirits 
None of them speak and they're lifeless in their eyes
And revenge is still sought, penance starts again 
Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on 
Now the curse is finally lifted 
And the mariner sights his home 
Spirits go from the long dead bodies 
Form their own light and the mariner's left alone
And then a boat came sailing towards him It was a joy he could not believe 
The pilot's boat, his son and the hermit Penance of life will fall onto him
And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea 
And the hermit shrives the mariner of his sins
The mariner's bound to tell of his story 
To tell this tale wherever he goes 
To teach God's word by his own example 
That we must love all things that God made 
And the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man 
And the tale goes on and on and on and on...
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