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Thread #77777   Message #1390592
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-Jan-05 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
The "Cruel Captin" at Bodley doesn't display (click) (at least not today), but it begins, "Come all you noble bold commanders."

I fount three CD recordings of "Cruel Ship's Captain." The one on the A.L. Lloyd Leviathan! CD is misidentified on the CD packaging as Cruel Ship's Carpenter which is an entirely different song. This recording doesn't show up on many indexes, and it's a shame because it is a better-sounding recording than the other A.L. Lloyd cut, on Highpoint's Sailors' Songs and Sea Shanties compilation (dates of thse two A.L. Lloyd cuts are not shown). Here are the notes from the Highpoint recording:
The third recording comes from an unexpected source, a CD called Inside Dave Van Ronk a 1989 Fantasy resissue of recordings made by Van Ronk in 1962. Van Ronk's interpreation of the song is a powerful one.
None of these three recordings has the fourth verse that is shown in the Digital Tradition. Anybody know of other sources for this song?
-Joe Offer-

In the Digital Tradition, this song is linked with Andrew Ross/Andrew Rose, another song about abused sailors.