Alpine Passage – Carthage Sea Shanty

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    Lenora Minogue
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    – Alpine Passage (Hannibal’s March on Rome) – Carthage Sea Shanty –

    (Chorus) Ah, for just one time let us cross the Alpine Passage
    To find the hand of Hannibal reaching for the Tyrrhenian Sea;
    Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
    And make an Alpine Passage to the sea.

    Eastward from the Pyrenees ’tis there ’twas said to lie
    The mountain route to Rome for which so many died;
    Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
    And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones…

    (Chorus)

    Centuries ago did Dido found our majestic land
    Cut the oxhide to slivers round a hill and a sea of flowers began
    Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
    Driving hard across the ridge, I pray to Ba’al Hammon…

    (Chorus)

    And through the night, on elephants high, footsteps clicking east
    I think upon Himilco, Hanno, and the rest, deceased
    Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
    To race the roaring Hannibal to the sea…

    (Chorus)

    How then am I so different from the other men through this way?
    Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
    To seek an Alpine Passage at the call of many men
    To find there was no path back home again…

    (Chorus) Ah, for just one time let us cross the Alpine Passage
    To find the hand of Hannibal reaching for the Tyrrhenian Sea;
    Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
    And make an Alpine Passage to the sea.

     

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