26 June 2008

songcatcher (for a sailor)

"Oh I'm sailin' away my own true love
I'm sailin' away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I'll be landing ?

No, there's nothin' you can send me, my own true love
There's nothin' I wish to be ownin'
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean.

Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Made of silver or of golden
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona ?

Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss
For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'.

That I might be gone a long time
And it's only that I'm askin'
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time more easy passin' ?

Oh, how can, how can you ask me again
It only brings me sorrow
The same thing I want from you today
I would want again tomorrow.

I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from her ship a-sailin'
Saying I don't know when I'll be comin' back again
It depends on how I'm a-feelin'.

Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way
I'm sure your mind is roamin'
I'm sure your thoughts are not with me
But with the country to where you're goin'.

So take heed, take heed of the western wind
Take heed of the stormy weather
And yes, there's something you can send back to me
Spanish boots of Spanish leather."

Bob Dylan, 1963

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WildMagnolia said...


michele d.

shash said...

i love how in the third pic down the bowl looks like a boat itself sailing.

Erin said...

genius. i love it. the whales, the ship, the shape... all of it. it's wonderful.

stephanie levy said...

What a very lovely series Diana. Such a nice correlation between your work and the song. And yes, I can completely relate to your wanting to slow down... it is important to take time to smell the roses!

Anonymous said...

You constantly inspire me! Love the black and white whales. the white sails look as though they are additions, raised off the platter surface?

amisha said...

this is so good diana. the song and the piece are perfect together. xo

Ulla said...


Jen Mecca said...

That is great! Can't wait to see it at the show! Jen Mecca

Anonymous said...


belvedere beads said...

i love your drawings, or rather vases, or drawings... your work is so lovely.

sMacThoughts said...

This is so wonderful; reminiscent of scrimshaw. I love it.

Anonymous said...

your work is breathtaking...very lovely.

cindy said...

love them all so much diana. you have outdone yourself! :)
that song always makes me cry, even just reading the lyrics...

Erin Sledd said...

Just magical, Diana. I'm a friend of Rae, Whitney and Christa, so I know of your work through them. I always enjoy seeing what you're doing.

The Lonely Robot said...

Wow. This work really speaks to me. And I love the Dylan, too.