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in the grand old port of Marseille
there is a man who stands on the harbour wall each day
he waves the ships goodbye as they turn to catch the wind and sail away
from the grand old port of Marseille

and in the grand old port of Marseille
is a man who stands on the harbour wall each day
each ship that comes sailing home he welcomes with fresh aplomb
says, I hope that you enjoy your stay
here in the grand old port of Marseille

and in the higgledy-piggledy houses, so many higgledy-piggledy people
live their higgledy-piggledy lives, while you and I are just passing by
Señor looks out from the veranda, the flavour of favela rising up from below
as the sunset bathes the city in a golden glow

in the grand old port of Marseille, join the boozers and the floosies in the general melee
you might get your pocket picked if you step into the fray, but you can pour yourself a Ricard at the end of the day
in the grand old port of Marseille, sip on a Cagole and watch the waves across the bay
we leave at dawn tomorrow so please do not delay,
better disembark, better leave your mark today
here in the grand old port of Marseille

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from Postcards from France, released June 23, 2015

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