This track is from the King Creosote / Jon Hopkins collaboration album Diamond Mine, and this particular live version (there are four songs in the video – it’s like a mini gig) is from NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts”.
I love to look out at the sea
from the Swingpark here at Roome Bay Beach
Today John Taylor starts his month away
On a boat one-ten miles east of Aberdeen.
A dozen men, thirty days with twenty-four hours in each
Of shattered boyhood dreams and not much sleep
I’d much rather be me, for once I’d much rather be me.
A month at sea and they will surely sleep
With their heads still stuck on land
A month on land and then they’ll surely dream
Of girls they can afford but cannot have.
And in the drunken haze or on a rolling wave
Once again I’d much rather be me
I’d rather be me
Once again I’d much rather be me.
For once again I’d much rather be me.
BTW, the instrument Jon’s playing before he switches to the keyboard is called a harmonium.
Also, you can hear the album version here.