Boxes in the Dark – advocacy via song

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Lyrics by Alice Winship, 2017

The boxes are full, waiting in the dark
Thousands of boxes, with stories to impart
The mute artifacts of a seagoing past
These things can speak, we just have to ask

Seattle has no maritime museum
This is why you’ll never see them
Let them out! Let them talk!
Don’t keep our past behind a lock
Packed in boxes, locked away
No place to display:

Varnished wood and gleaming brass,
Weights of lead and globes of glass,
Letters, logbooks, uniforms,
Survivors of a thousand storms,
Whistles, photos, sextants, bells
Each one with a tale to tell

Keep the stream of knowledge flowing
Where we’ve come from shows where we’re going
You’d walk out a little higher
Your gaze would be a little wider
The past is rich with gifts to give
The voices from the past can live!

All West Coast cities have a maritime museum
Except Seattle, so you’ll never see them
Let them out! Let them talk!
Don’t keep our past behind a lock
Packed in boxes, locked away
No place to display

The boxes are full, waiting in the dark
Thousands of boxes, with stories to impart

If you have comments or suggestions, or would like to talk about a maritime museum in Seattle, please contact Colleen Wagner at 206-282-0985 or Alice Winship at walice1@qwest.net or 206-448-0707.


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