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Gimme Back My Gills

by Richard Haxton

Way down deep under the sea
I know there is a better place
The pressure gets you under the sea
But if I could take it I could stay

I want to go as deep as I can
But these physical limitations make it hard on a man
I could learn the language. I could master the style
I could grow my eyes out on stalks
If I could live beneath the sea one mile

Breathing this air, I’ve had my fill
Waged war on my brother against my will
I’m sick of running this life on whiskey and pills
Gimme back my dignity. Gimme back my gills