Two Ghostly Tales of Love Lost to the Sea…

by Chris Dixon

Annabel Lee. By Edgar Allen Poe. Illustrated by Julian Peters.

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 Jackie. By Sinéad O’Connor.

Jackie left on a cold, dark night
Telling me he’d be home
Sailed the seas for a hundred years
Leaving me all alone
And I’ve been dead for twenty years
I’ve been washing the sand
With my ghostly tears
Searching the shores for my Jackie-oh

I remember the day the young man came
He said, “your Jackie’s gone
He got lost in the rain”
And I ran to the beach
And laid me down “You’re all wrong”, I said
And they stared at the sand
“That man knows that sea
Like the back of his hand
He’ll be back some time
laughing at you”

And I’ve been waiting all this time
For my man to come
Take his hand in mine
And lead me away
To unseen shores

I’ve been washing the sand
With my salty tears
Searching the shore
For these long years
And I’ll walk the seas forever more
Till I find my Jackie oh
Till I find my Jackie oh
Till I find my Jackie oh Jackie oh
Jackie oh
Jackie oh


See More of Julian Peters’ remarkable work including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” featured on Slate.com.

“Jackie” is the first song from Sinéad O’Connor’s epic album The Lion and the Cobra. 

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