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56. Throw Out the Lifeline

1 Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave!
There is a brother* whom someone should save;—
Somebody’s brother!** Oh, who then will dare
To throw out the lifeline, his*** peril to share?

Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is sinking today.

2 Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong-
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking! Oh, hasten today,
And out with the lifeboat! away, then, away! [Refrain]

3 Throw out the lifeline to danger-fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been;
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow. [Refrain]

4 Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore;
Haste then, my brother,** no time for delay,
But throw out the lifeline and save them today. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave!
Title: Throw Out the Lifeline
Author: E. S. U.
Refrain First Line: Throw out the lifeline!
Publication Date: 1981
Notes: * "Sinner" may be substituted for "brother." ** "Neighbor" may be substituted for "brother." *** "All" may be substituted for "his."
Tune Information
Name: [Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave!]
Composer: Edward S. Ufford
Arranger: Don Peterman
Copyright: Music copyright 1940. Renewal 1968 by Mrs. Glen Ryder. Assigned to Singspiration, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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