Carmanah Lighthouse Keeper

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Inspired by William Phillip Daykin, the first keeper of the Carmanah Lighthouse from 1891-1912. Nestled in the middle of Vancouver Island's West Coast Trail, this historic structure and its early keepers played a large role in maintaining the lifesaving trail and telegraph line for the "Graveyard of the Pacific"


I am the keeper of this place
I tell its story and I’ve seen its face
Track every seaborne vessel it has
guided through this moody sea
On whiskey-stained pages
with no living soul's intent to read
Squid ink and bioluminescent flashes
Breaching beasts interrupt the rhythmic crashes

All my life I’ve been living in this lighthouse
Each storm's fury brings me so much glory
Waiting for that next shipment of bottles to arrive with hawk-like eyes

Slow growth the ocean demands
Do you remember when you used to take my hand
We’d explore the dark and lonely caves long battered by the salty spray
Climb winding stairs dreaming of explorers come from far away
Until the spell faded and you felt an urge
To leave on that eternal misguided search


My blood is drained and this salt and malt is creeping in
Body’s crooked and fingers are bent
Think of leaving for the city where I can find a place to stay
In a room above an old bar and drink my last days away
But if you came looking for me
There’s only one place, my son, you’ve ever known me to be

So I’ll end my life here living in this lighthouse
With each storms fury I relive my glory days
Patiently waiting for the wind to bring your voice ears like a spy's
Wind to bring your voice ears like a spy's
Bottles to arrive with hawk-like eyes


from Cryptozoology, track released November 29, 2013
Tereza Tomek: Songwriter, Vocals
Corwin Fox: Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
Jake Jenne: Drums
Allison Zaichkowski: French Horn



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