Water, Water Everywhere


William Copper

A cappella setting of a stanza from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.

By William Copper, the composer of Lovelife Dances

Third of the Sea Songs, opus 74, from 2002. Strong harmonic interest through careful voice leading; easy to sing and limited voice ranges, but modern and vital within these parameters. The despondent lover of Sea Love, the free spirit of Sea Fever, now parched in Coleridge's doldrums. Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

   Water, water everywhere,
     Nor any drop to drink.

1. All in a hot and copper sky,
     The bloody sun at noon
   Right up above the mast did stand,
     No bigger than the moon.  

2. Day after day, day after day, 
     We stuck, nor breath, nor motion.
   Idle as a painted ship, 
     Upon a painted ocean

3. Water, water everywhere,
     And all the boards did shrink.
   Water, water everywhere,
     Nor any drop to drink.

     from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
        by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

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Copyright 2002 William P. Copper

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