TUNE Ange Hardy - The Curse of a Dead Man’s Eye
I could have written an entire album based on the Ancient Mariner! But there was one section that I felt most drawn to: the dark drone of those horrific nights at sea. The gruesome imagery of being reduced to the desperate state of drinking your own blood to quench your thirst just enough to cry out loud. It’s the stuff of nightmares and folk songs!
David Milton, who reads the verses during the introduction of this song, is the town crier for Watchet, the small harbour town which allegedly inspired Coleridge to write The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
This song draws heavily on the original text, the second part of the chorus is word-for-word from the poem.