Our beautiful “Blue Boat Home”

Since joining my church family at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing in 2011, there is a song by Peter Mayer, entitled “Blue Boat Home” that we sing now and then, that I love every time I hear it/sing it. The melody comes from an old hymn, but the lyrics were written to emphasize the fragile and timeless beauty of our lovely planet.

While Mr. Mayer’s original version is wonderful, there is something about singing “Blue Boat Home”  in unison with fellow UU members in church that is even more uplifting and inspiring. As an environmentalist, I have found there are few songs which express the loveliness of our planet more than Mr. Mayer’s tune. The lyrics are provided below, as is a terrific music video of the song showing the vast array of sea life off the coast of Catalina Island, California. Enjoy!

Blue Boat Home

By Peter Mayer

Though below me, I feel no motion 
Standing on these mountains and plains 
Far away from the rolling ocean 
Still my dry land heart can say 
I’ve been sailing all my life now 
Never harbor or port have I known 
The wide universe is the ocean I travel 
And the earth is my blue boat home

Sun, my sail, and moon my rudder 
As I ply the starry sea 
Leaning over the edge in wonder 
Casting questions into the deep 
Drifting here with my ship’s companions 
All we kindred pilgrim souls 
Making our way by the lights of the heavens 
In our beautiful blue boat home

I give thanks to the waves upholding me 
Hail the great winds urging me on 
Greet the infinite sea before me 
Sing the sky my sailor’s song 
I was born upon the fathoms 
Never harbor or port have I known 
The wide universe is the ocean I travel 
And the earth is my blue boat home.

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4 Responses to Our beautiful “Blue Boat Home”

  1. Shari says:

    Hey Rick, I’ve been an avid listener to Peter Mayer for over 10 years, can’t get enough. I’m glad you found him and I hope his songs will give you strength and peace. (www.petermayer.net/bio)
    Once in awhile he comes to Ann Arbor, and maybe Lansing…


  2. Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks


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