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Thread #47997   Message #718236
Posted By: Charley Noble
27-May-02 - 02:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Windlass Chantey
Subject: Lyr Add: WINDLASS CHANTEY
Here's my reworking and expansion of a sea poem by Lincoln Colcord, brother to Joanne Colcord, into a nice modal sea song. Sounds great with concertina or Irish banjo (4/4 time?)(Copy and repaste into WORD/TIMES/12 to get the chords right):

WINDLASS CHANTEY
(After a poem by Lincoln Colcord (1883-1947) From Sea Stories from Searsport to Singapore Adapted & added to by Charlie Ipcar – © 1999 Key: Fm(Gm/7))


Am
Oh, soon she'll bite the swells, the breeze is singin',
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We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
Em-Am
So, walk 'er up, me lads, the pawls are ringin',
F ------------------------------Am
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn.


Them Northeast Trades will keep our halyards singin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
We'll be rolling down to Rio, stuns'ls wingin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn.*

Them gals in Callao will all be waitin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
When we're 'longside there'll be no hesitating,
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn.*

"The mudhook's up and down!" the bosun's callin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
"So, break 'er out and cat 'er!" now he's bawlin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn.*

"Goodbye, me love, a year we'll be a-sailin',"
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
"So, sheet ye tops'ls home, the dawn is palin',"
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn. (REPEAT)
F------------------------------Am
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn!

* New verses

Cheerily,
Charley Noble