Crossing the Bar

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(Text: Alfred Lord Tennyson Music: Rani Arbo)
This poem is always the last in anthologies of Tennyson’s poetry and was written in 1889, three years before he died. The “bar” referred to is the sandbar that separates the shallow coastal waters from the deeper ocean. The “moaning of the bar” is the sound created when waves crash on the sandbar. With Rani Arbo’s beautiful melody the song has become a favourite at shanty festivals – and at funerals!

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from No Sadness of Farewell, released June 1, 2017

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