Boats Have Bones

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The “bones” this song is referring to is the plywood form over which a wood strip canoe is built, which is removed when the outside of the hull has been fiberglassed. Any imperfections in the form are faithfully transferred to the canoe and remain with it for its lifetime.

lyrics

Boats Have Bones
lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber, 2011

Boats have bones, did you know?
They last forever, even though
They're gone before the building ends;
Every wood strip twists and bends.

Boats have bones, take good care
Keels be straight and curves be fair.
How we start constrains our ends;
Every wood strip twists and bends

Boats have bones, no mistake
Can be hidden from the lake;
Hull and water must be friends.
Every wood strip twists and bends

Boats have bones, these are mine
From design and re-design,
Miscalculations and amends...
Every wood strip twists and bends.

Boats have bones; through this lens
Gauge the time your setup spends.
From perfection practice tends;
Every wood strip twists and bends.

(repeat 1st verse)

credits

from The King's Lute, released July 28, 2012

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Cat Faber Tennessee

I write music about science fiction and fantasy subjects, commonly referred to as "filk."

I write much faster than I can record. Recent songs may be found at my website--the URL is given below.

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