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Thread #148935   Message #3464717
Posted By: ChrisJBrady
11-Jan-13 - 05:35 PM
Thread Name: What does 'Roll and GO' mean?
Subject: RE: What does 'Roll and GO' mean?
"Roll and go" features in this folk song that I have been after for years.

The Ballad of Gypsy Moth IV by The Pennine Folk

"Hey, ho, roll and go,
Around the Horn in the months of snow,
How many time can a man defy,
The raging seas and the rolling sky?"

"Roll" refers to the rolling ocean, the rolling motion of a sailing ship in rough seas, or the rolling sky seen by standing on deck and looking upwards to watch the clouds or stars roll around the top of the mast as the ship rolls around on the waves. Feeling sick yet? "Go" simply means make progress - but unsteadily.

Indeed does anyone remember the Pennine Folk group? I first heard them on a BBC folk prog. from Manchester in the 1960s when I was at college in Loughborough. This song they sang is still maggoting around my brain. It was called 'The Ballad of Gypsy Moth' just after Sir Francis Chichester's epic single-handed round the world voyage on his ketch. Incidentally this has just recently been restored for sail training for youngsters.

Does anyone have the rest of the words, or a recording please?