The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2896   Message #171833
Posted By: Metchosin
01-Feb-00 - 04:47 PM
Thread Name: Origins: One More Day (rock and roll me over)
Subject: ADD Version: One More Day
After a thorough search of the DT and previous threads, I cannot find this version of the song, although some variants were noted in the threads. I particularly love this version for its tenderness.

ONE MORE DAY

Oh row me 'cross the river
I heard a maiden say
Oh take me to me lover
One more day

    CHORUS:
    Only one more day, me Johnnys
    One more day
    Oh rock and roll me over
    One more day

I'm almost broken hearted
I can no longer stay
Once more must we be parted
One more day
CHORUS

So do not fear my beauty
I can no longer stay
And love makes way for duty
One more day
CHORUS

I've seen the sea birds flyin'
Ashore from o'er the bay
I felt they was all cryin'
One more day
CHORUS

'Cause sea birds get the warnin'
Which one and all obey
The tempest loud is stormin'
One more day
CHORUS

So heave onside the anchor
We sail out from the bay
Oh heave onside the anchor
One more day
CHORUS
^^


Unlike Colcord's version of the homeward bound shanty in the DT, this version, recorded by Lime Bay Mutiny in 1990, on their Live at the Blue Peter album, appears to be a leaving shanty. There is nothing in the liner notes regarding from where it was collected. It does not appear in the collections of Whall, Runciman Terry or Shay. Is it in Hugill's collection?

As has been noted previously, Colcord's version is the only one I have seen that uses the line "Rock and row me over", all the rest that I am aware of, use the line "Rock and roll me over". I guess One More Day could be considered the first "Rock and Roll Song"…..sorry…..