The Dutchman

year

2011

artists

Keith

duration

4:18

credits

Smith/Smith

publisher

Songs Of Universal, Inc. (ASCAP)

arrangements

Phil Coulter

producer

Phil Coulter

released on

chronology

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The Dutchman's not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam that holds his dreams in
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows
When Amsterdam is golden in the summer
Margaret brings him breakfast, she believes him
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow
He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes

Let us go to the banks of the ocean where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee
Long ago I used to be a young man but dear Margaret remembers that for me

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes
His cap and coat are patched with the love that Margaret sewed in
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam
And he watches the tug-boats down canals
And calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain
'Till Margaret comes to take him home again
Through unforgiving streets that trip him though she holds his arm
Sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name

Let us go to the banks of the ocean where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee
Long ago I used to be a young man but dear Margaret remembers that for me

The winters whirl the windmills 'round
She winds his muffler tighter and they sit in the kitchen
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew
He sees her for a momentcalls her name
She makes the bed up singing some old love song
She learned it when the tune was very new
He hums a line or two they hum together in the night
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out

Let us go to the banks of the ocean where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee
Long ago I used to be a young man but dear Margaret remembers that for me