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Thread #110621 Message #2337211
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
10-May-08 - 01:23 PM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
Brian, you are correct. "The Weary Whaling Grounds" on "Leviathan" is the song now known as "The Wings of a Gull."
"The Whaleman's Lament" on "Leviathan" ends with the words "them bitter whaling grounds." The Catalpa version in Huntington ends, "For the pleasures are but few my boys /Far from our native shore."
Huntington doesn't say where he got his tune for "The Whaleman's Lament." Lloyd's is, appropriately, rather more melancholy.
"Leviathan's" notes (by Lloyd) say that the "Lament" "comes from some time between the 1820s and '40s." Since the log of the Catalpa dates from 1856, it is difficult to account for Lloyd's certainty.