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This is a song about the military leader/pirate Zheng Chenggong, (AKA Koxinga) who dispelled the Dutch from Taiwan in the 17th Century.

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On a list in the back of his head he keeps the names of those who've wronged him
Underneath that four post bed a thousands souls are screaming for
The sky was red and overcast, the masts of ships broke the horizon
Though his eyes had seen the past, his mind was firmly focused on the

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born

As the fire rained from the sky a flaming ship sailed through the harbor
Black tea and stolen rum caroused men whose thirst was just for blood
Was black against the moon and strewn it was across the ship deck
Even from a safe distance the heat from fire was felt from all

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born

I slip away from all the memories I keep
I feel no pain, but I'm running out of air
I guess I'll get some sleep
As I descend into the deep

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born

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from Why We All Drink Wine, released February 27, 2016
Lyrics by Caleb Cole
Music by The Red Cliff

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The Red Cliff Taipei, Taiwan

The Red Cliff is a folk/rock Anglo-American trio currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Singers/songwriters/guitarists Mark Darvill and Caleb Cole met in the cruel harsh winter of 2009, and in 2014 recruited the drumming services of Moshe Foster. The result is an at times melodic, at times frenetic blend of folk and rock. ... more

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