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Thread #15839   Message #144393
Posted By: InOBU
03-Dec-99 - 08:15 PM
Thread Name: Help: Sea-faring songs go Oilfield??
Subject: RE: Help: Sea-faring songs go Oilfield??
I used to build and race Irish currachs (ocean pulling boats) We had a few international crews here in NYC, and one, a Turkish crew, fell in love with the song, Men of Worth. Lavant Karaolu especially would sing it with half the words he knew and a sprinkling of Turkish. Id give anything to have recorded his version. Hanging out with Irish boatmen had a profound affect on Lavant. When he met us, he happily told us he was looking forward to military duty. The first time Turkish rowers heard our Irish songs about war, all of them sad, they were dumbfounded. The Eric Boggal, Band Played Waltzing Matilda, espcially confused them, as it was about a battle they knew well... They asked if we ever sang about victories, and we told them, we would let em know after the first. A few seasons of hearing war from an Irish perspective, Lavant informed us, he wasnt as hot on the military. Leave the fishing Trade, theres money to be made the handline and (Turkish words for a bit) Heres to Lavant, where ever he is... Larry Otway