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Rowan Bloodworth
 Posted: Sep 3 2014, 07:24 AM
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Captain of "La Chanson"
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I heard this song at work and thought, "Oh, Rowan...."

Adele - "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt cover)

Turn down the lights,
turn down the bed
Turn down these voices
inside my head
Lay down with me,
and tell me no lies
Just hold me closely,
don't patronize
Don't patronize me

'Cause I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel
something that it won't
And here in the dark,
and in these final hours
I will lay down my heart,
and I will feel the power
But you won't
No, you won't
'Cause I can't make you love me when you don't
when you don't

I'll close my eyes,
'cause then I won't see
The love you don't feel
when you're holding me
Morning will come
and I'll do what's right
Just give me 'til then
to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

'Cause I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel
something that it won't
And here in the dark,
and in these final hours
I will lay down my heart,
and I will feel the power
But you won't
No, you won't
'Cause I can't make you love me when you don't
when you don't

When you don't

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Nicole Cavalier
 Posted: Sep 8 2014, 10:34 PM
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Shop helper, Port de Paix
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Yes, I was listening to Julio Iglesias at the radio this week-end, and I thought it is so fitting for Nicole and her love for Addie (and also because she is learning Spanish):

For a bit of your love

I have never imagined that with just one kiss
you would be able to change my life like that.
Meeting you has changed my way of thinking
and I hardly believed it really happened.

I haven't been able to stay calm with your memories
and I find myself alone in my melancholy,
believing that now I'm just a part of your dreams
and that you bring me back my happiness.

For a bit of your love,
for a piece of your life,
the entire mine I would give you,
only you, for a bit of your love.

For a kiss, and nothing more,
for the touch of your mouth,
any happiness would be small
for having a bit of your love.

Even though I know I have no hope,
it's beautiful to imagine how it would be,
if you gave me that love, that I need
to console my wound.

But I have to keep on living
cheating my heart with a lie,
thinking that I am the owner of your kisses
and that I still feel your caresses.

For a bit of your love,
for a piece of your life,
the entire mine I would give you,
only you, for a bit of your love.

For a kiss, and nothing more,
for the touch of your mouth,
any happiness would be small
for having a bit of your love.



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Thierry Vounos
 Posted: Sep 8 2014, 10:46 PM
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Master Gunner aboard "Le Phenix"
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I found another song appropriate for Leftheris' tribulations later, when he realizes that he loves Mora... and even if he accepts and understands her, I am sure there are bad days for him when he would have dark thoughts and he'd suffer too.. Even if it isn't exactly like in the song (ie he would have never think to kill her in a jealousy access):

I can imagine him one day aboard the ship, getting drunk and singing this a song by Athina Papadimitriou about a man who suffers for loving a prostitute (probably if also low on funds and Mora might have told him off for the time being, probably because captain Louis was in town)... and the only one who would understand would be Adrien:

The sun rises, the sun sets
Always for the same purpose.
Bring me the most expensive drink to drink…
I am paying for the eyes I love.

When you see me, barman,
Breaking glasses and blabbering,
Don’t criticize me, don’t think I am crazy- ,
I am paying for the eyes I love.

My heart becomes cloudy,
And my tears run like rain.
For sure we’re going to go,
Since we’ve come this far,
You in the ground and me in prison.

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Niamh Conroy
 Posted: Sep 9 2014, 11:04 AM
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A song for Killian, of when Niamh first arrived in Tortuga and how much she misses him.


Vanilla Twilight -- Owl City

The stars lean down to kiss you
And I lie awake and miss you
Pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere
'Cause I'll doze off safe and soundly
But I'll miss your arms around me
I'd send a postcard to you, dear
'Cause I wish you were here

I'll watch the night turn light blue
But it's not the same without you
Because it takes two to whisper quietly
The silence isn't so bad
'Till I look at my hands and feel sad
'Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly

I'll find repose in new ways
Though I haven't slept in two days
'Cause cold nostalgia chills me to the bone
But drenched in vanilla twilight
I'll sit on the front porch all night
Waist deep in thought because when
I think of you I don't feel so alone

I don't feel so alone
I don't feel so alone

As many times as I blink
I'll think of you tonight
(Tonight, tonight, tonight...)

I'll think of you tonight

When violet eyes get brighter
And heavy wings grow lighter
I'll taste the sky and feel alive again
And I'll forget the world that I knew
But I swear I won't forget you
Oh if my voice could reach back through the past
I'd whisper in your ear:
"Oh darling, I wish you were here"

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Thierry Vounos
 Posted: Sep 9 2014, 12:44 PM
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Master Gunner aboard "Le Phenix"
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And a dedication from Leftheris to Mora as he is leaving port, not knowing for how long - George Dalaras’ song:

Do not be angry with me, my dearest,
now that I am leaving for foreign lands,
I will turn into a bird and I will come
back again, to you.
Open your window,
my golden basil, my princess,
and with a sweet smile, wish me a good night.

Do not be angry with me, my dearest,
now that I am going away from you,
and come here awhile, let me see you,
let me say goodbye.
Open your window,
my golden basil, my princess,
and with a sweet smile, wish me a good night.
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Killian O'Meara
 Posted: Sep 15 2014, 02:07 AM
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"I can't escape - my every thought is 'Niamh.'"
- Killian O'Meara


99 Miles from LA

Keeping my eyes on the road, I see you
Keeping my hands on the wheel, I hold you
99 miles from L.A.
I kiss you, I miss you, please be there

Passing a white sandy beach, we're sailing
Turning the radio on, we're dancing
99 miles from L.A.
I want you, I need you, please be there

The windshield is covered with rain, I'm crying
Pressing my foot on the gas, I'm flying
Counting the telephone poles, I phone you
Reading the signs on the road, I write you

99 miles from L.A.
We're laughing, we're loving, please be there
Counting the telephone poles, I phone you
Reading the signs on the road, I write you

99 miles from L.A.
We're laughing, we're loving, please be there
99 miles from L.A.
99 miles from L.A.
99 miles from L.A.
99 miles from L.A.

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Jean-Baptiste Lafont
 Posted: Mar 1 2015, 07:08 AM
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Able seaman, "Rising Sun"

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To Carmen <3 Baptiste

"You Are"
Lionel Richie

Baby you'll find
There's only one love
Yours and mine
I've got so much love

And needing you so
My love for you
I'll never let go
I've got so much love

All I want is to hold you
Let me show how much I love you baby (show you)
I don't mind and I don't mind (loving you)
Girl I love you
There's no one above you

[Chorus:]
You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

Tell me it's true
I can't believe you do what you do
I've got so much love
And my love you'll see
We'll stay together, just you and me
I've got so much love

Only you (know me)
Tell me how to love you baby (show me)
I don't mind and I don't mind (tell me)
Girl, I love you
Always thinking of you

[Chorus]

I know you know the way I feel
And I need your love for always
Cause when I'm with you
I fall in love
Again and again and again, baby.

[Chorus]




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Raymond Wick
 Posted: Jun 1 2015, 11:02 PM
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For Michaela from Raymond

Michaela
Bata Illic



Dark was the night, no bird sang
And I walked alone alongside the river
Then I saw you standing at the shore
And you walked alongside of me, it was so nice

You are everything for me, because I love only you
Michaela
And with you all alone I want to be just happy
Michaela
Every day is so beautiful because we get along with each other
Michaela
You are my sunshine, never leave me alone anymore
Michaela

I need no treasures of this world
Because for me only your love counts
And I tell you that I am happy
Since you came, my life has got a meaning

Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/michaela-mic...l#ixzz3bqHnlrvW

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Niamh Conroy
 Posted: Sep 12 2015, 11:55 AM
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pirate aboard the "Rising Sun"

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This song deeply shows how Niamh feels about the loss of Colin Fletcher. The lyircs on the site do have minor change to make it truly fit her and Here Are the Original Lyrics

A hand to aid along the road
A laugh to lighten any load
A place to bring a burdened heart
And heal the ache of sorrow's dart

Who'd willing share in joy or tears
And help to ease the darkest fears
Or my soul, like his own defend
And all because he was my lover

No grave could hold so free a soul
I see him in the frisking foal
I hear him laughing on the breeze
That stirs the very tops of trees

He soars with seagulls on the wind
He is the song that night birds sing
Death never dared him captive keep
He lies not there, he does not sleep


But there is silence at my side
That haunts the place he used stand
And my Captain can't belay
The loss that I sustained this day

How bleak the future now has grown
Since I must face it all alone
My road is weary, dark and steep
And it is for myself I weep




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Jouko
 Posted: Mar 8 2016, 09:09 AM
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(I think I have never opened Pieter's military career enough in the story, but at lest I keep finding songs for him. This is an old traditional song that might go even to late 1700s. In any case it is a great song that (partially) describes him. Of course his name is not Johnny and he was not (physically) deformed by the war, but I think all see the idea with the lyrics and how they relate to him or his fellow soldiers).

Johnny I Hardly Knew YeJohnny I hardly Knew Ye


While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
While goin' the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo
While goin' the road to sweet Athy
A stick in the hand and a drop in the eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry,
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

With your guns and drums and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, hurroo, hurroo
With your guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your eyes that were so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your eyes that were so mild
When my heart you so beguiled?
Why did ye skedaddle from me and the child?
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run, hurroo, hurroo
Where are your legs that used to run
When you went for to carry a gun
Indeed your dancing days are done
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg,
Ye're an armless, boneless, chickenless egg,
Ye'll have to be put with a bowl to beg,
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
I'm happy for to see ye home, hurroo, hurroo
I'm happy for to see ye home
All from the island of Ceylon
So low in flesh, so high in bone
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

[They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again, hurroo, hurroo
They're rolling out the guns again,
But they never will take our sons again,
No they never will take our sons again,
Johnny I'm swearing to ye.]
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Lucia Pascal
 Posted: May 21 2016, 06:39 AM
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(And because I can't post all the lyrics, in both French and English, here it is in a link)

For Raoul, love Lucia. The illness was my punishment for doubting your love for me...

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/l039hymne-l0...-hymn-love.html

(Hymne a L'Amour, Edith Piaf)
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Lucia Pascal
 Posted: May 24 2016, 09:58 PM
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(This one should actually go before the one I posted first. A dedication for when Raoul tells Lucia he's going to marry Christine. )

Ariadne
The Cruxshadows


He cast you to this isolation
Without the spark that made life real
Nothing lost below the mourning
Nothing moves and nothing feels
Your distant eyes filled up with longing
Who steals the dignity within?
Black sails fade from the horizon
And take away your innocence

It doesn't have to end this way
He filled your head with make believe
No time to cry so wake up
Ariadne
It doesn't have to be this way
You define what you believe
Take hold of your destiny
Remember... what's inside

So cautiously you walk the dawning
Searching through deserted dreams
He used your love, he used your body
And then discarded everything
Your wanting eyes filled up with silence
To find the dignity within
To free the world beyond regretting
Beyond the grays of innoncence

Step inside and feel division
Words make the delusion real
Truth is not alive in knowledge
But dead within the lies we deal

(Theseus will break your heart)
(Theseus will break your heart)

What life has failed to grant you
Live to claim, and claim to live
So many paths lead to tomorrow
What love has lost
Can you forgive?

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Michaela Wick
 Posted: May 21 2017, 01:57 AM
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(OOC: I am putting a warning here for miscarriage/ infant loss because that is what the song is about. This song is so heart-wrenching. )


For the baby Michaela is worried she lost.






Small Bump
Ed Sheeran


[Verse 1:]
You're just a small bump unborn, in four months you're brought to life,
You might be left with my hair, but you'll have your mother's eyes,
I'll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can,
But for now you're scan of my unmade plans,
[album version:] A small bump in four months you're brought to life
[acoustic version:] A small bump in four months you'll open your eyes

[Pre-Chorus:]
[album version:] I'll whisper quietly, I'll give you nothing but truth,
[acoustic version:] I'll hold you tightly, I'll give you nothing but truth,
If you're not inside me, I'll put my future in you

[Chorus:]
You are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
Oh, you are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
And you'll be alright.

[Verse 2:]
Oh, you're just a small bump unknown, you'll grow into your skin.
With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin.
Finger nails the size of a half grain of rice,
And eyelids closed to be soon opened wide
A small bump, in four months you'll open your eyes.

[Pre-Chorus:]
[album version:] And I'll hold you tightly, I'll tell you nothing but truth,
[acoustic version:] And I'll hold you tightly, I'll give you nothing but truth,
If you're not inside me, I'll put my future in you

[Chorus:]
You are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
Oh, you are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
And you'll be alright.

[Bridge:]
And you can lie with me,
With your tiny feet
When you're half asleep,
I'll leave you be.
Right in front of me
For a couple weeks
So I can keep you safe.

[Chorus:]
'Cause you are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
You are my one and only.
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight.
And you'll be alright.

[Verse 4:]
'Cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life.
Maybe you were needed up there but we're still unaware as why.
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