The Good Ship Restless

by Luanne Crosby

2007

The Good Ship RestlessLuanne Crosby
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This is a song I wrote for a friend, Bob Kingsland, on the launching of a boat he built. Bob inspired many with his dream of building a 50 L, 14 W steel sailboat, a functional work of art which he named Restless and launched in Scituate Harbor in June 2007 after thirty years of creation (www.sv-restless.com). Unfortunately, I played it one other time - at his memorial service in 2012.

There’s a sailboat in the harbor
And man she’s really great
Yea there’s a sailboat in the harbor
And man she’s really great
Twenty-eight years in the making
And she was really worth the wait

The captain was a craftsman
You know he made her with his hands
Yea the captain was a craftsman
He made her with his hands
He could have changed his name to,
Kingsocean from Kingsland

[It took more] than welding and epoxy
More than teak and steel
It took more than welding and epoxy
More than teak and steel
Yea it took love and dedication
For Bob to make his dreamboat real

Well he called his boat The Restless
Cuz it was tugging at his heart
Oh Yea he called his boat The Restless
Cuz it was tugging at his heart
Now he’s cast off on a journey
One where he doesn’t need a chart

So here’s to palm trees and warm water
Here’s to stars and wind and waves
So here’s to palm trees and warm water
Here’s to stars and wind and waves
Wherever this boat takes you, Bob
May those who love you light the way