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GUEST,Vic at Work Lyr Req: Borneo / Song for Vic / (Ken Cockrell) (33) Lyr Add: THE BLIND SAILOR (Ken Cockrell) 13 Apr 05


A heartfelt thanks to all, Ken will be overjoyed.

Words as written by Ken Cockrell in the late 60's. It never had a title but Ken did have a working title of 'the blind sailor'.

It's not for me the sun brings the morning-o
it's not for me of patient mind
no more for me long hauls down to Borneo
for I am old and I am blind.

You tell me now the ship's are twice as long
and that the hulls all made of iron
just 'cos I'm blind you can't fool me, me lad
for they would sink beneath the brine.

And as I sit on foggy evenings
I hear that deep voice booming clear
If I was a young and single sailor lad
it is a voice I'd hold most dear.

And as I lie, November mornings
I feel the tremble, hear the roar
I say a prayer for those out dying
for all those drowned men before.

Repeat 1st verse but begin with So, it's not for me   


The song didn't have a chorus.


Written by Ken for me because, and this is a bit long winded, Ken had all the necessary requirements to 'pull birds' i.e. a car and a bedsit and we would often end up at his place trying to charm young women. Ken would end up playing guitar (he was pretty good) as part of the charm offensive but everything would go down the tubes because I would stick my finger in my ear and try to make like Ewan McColl. Exit Females.
He got so hacked off with this that he said he would write me a song in the traditional idiom IF I WOULDN'T SING IT when women were present. At the time I wasn't too happy about it but over the years came to realise what a gift I had been given.

Snuffy - will reply personally to your message asap and thanks for the E-mail.

Barbara - Tom and I spoke about this a while ago, please keep an ear down for any other recordings and Keep on singing it, you will make two old men very happy!

Sussex Carole - How do I get a copy of Pete's Hampshire Rose?

To all others - Thanks again. My own feelings about the song? It is the only song I have ever performed where the audience has been so silent you could hear a pin drop and the applause comes that moment later and I think 'You'll do' and that is praise enough for any song.
And it still gives me goose bumps!

Vic (also overwhelmed by the response)


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