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Lyr Req: Great Lakes Song (Pat Dailey)

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Subject: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Goater
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 11:29 PM

I tried doing a thread search, a forum search and a dig trad search to no avail (which means it's probably there and I just cant find it!!!).

I'm looking for the words to the Pat Dailey song "The Great Lakes Song".

The chorus starts..."Mother Michigan, Father superior..." or something like that.

Anyone know it?

Thanks in advance.


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: rich r
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 11:51 PM

Mother Michigan, Father Superior
I promise I wOn'tario from Huron in.
The song I sing is Erier
Than the one with Ed Fitzgerald in.

Nah, that's probably not it

rich r


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Subject: Lyr Add: GREAT LAKES SONG (Pat Dailey)
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 12:39 AM

CHORUS: Sweet Mother Michigan, Father Superior,
Coming down from Canada and Sault St. Marie,
Blue water Huron flow down to Lake Erie-O
Off to Ontario and on out to sea.

The Great Lakes are a diamond on the hand of North America,
Brightly shining jewel on the friends they're bordering.
Blue water highway, coming down from Canada,
All along their coast lines you can hear them sing. CHORUS

Hardy are the seamen on the ships that load the iron ore,
Coming down from Thunder Bay and bound for Buffalo.
Mighty are the fishermen, just like their fathers were before.
They say they'll bury me at sea when it comes my time to go. CHORUS

Down below the quarter deck, old men mend the fishing nets.
Up above the windy bridge, young men work into the wind.
All along the Windsor Straits, wives and mothers lie awake
And pray Our Lady of the Lake will bring them home again. CHORUS
^^
I may have a few of the words wrong.
CAP'T BOB


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Indy Lass
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 12:48 AM

Is there a good source of songs about the Great Lakes somewhere? There's a song about the "Bigaler" that I know and I'd like to add to this bit of a collection.


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 07:52 AM

CORRECTION: In the last verse of the lyrics above, the words "young men work into the wind" should read "young men curse into the wind".

Sorry! Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 05:00 PM

Two performers/writers come to mind, both from Michigan, I think. One is Lee Murdock, at http://www.mcs.net/~jmurdock/lee/murdock.html

The other is Dan Hall, at http://www.danhall.com/Default.htm

Both write fine material; check 'em out.


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Indy Lass
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:43 PM

Thanks for the sites, Jeremiah. :-)


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:43 PM

There is a group from the Travers City, Michigan area called SONG OF THE LAKES. They have some cd's and tapes that include quite a few songs of the Great Lakes.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Art Thieme
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 11:27 PM

For the great field collected songs of the Great Lakes on a fine album with great notes, see __Songs Of The Great Lakes__ collected from many people by the late Canadian folklorist, Edith Fowke (pronounced appropriately enough "folk"). [Folkways Records 1964---FM 4018-------available from Smithsonian-Folkways as a cassette.] This is as close to the "source" as we can get from here in 1999 "The Bigler" is here along with "The E.C. Roberts" also called "Red Iron Ore", "The Maggie Hunter", "The Dreadnaught", "James Bird", "THe Fayette Brown", "The Antelope", "Homeward Bound", "Cumberland's Crew" (2 versions), "The Merrimac", "The Persia's Crew" and "The Asia".

Many of these (and more) are recorded by Lee Murdock on his various CDs. His latest CD (a double one) __Lee Murdock In Concert---GREAT LAKES CHRONICLE__ with the Blue Water Band and solo. Order from : Depot Recordings-------Box 11----Kaneville, IL 60144-0011

www.mcs.com/~jmurdock/lee/murdock.html

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Indy Lass
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 02:21 PM

These look good! Thanks


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Rex
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 02:44 PM

The "Great Lakes Song" is on a CD by Alex Bevan titled, South Shore Serenade. The CD is loaded with Great Lakes songs and has become my favorite of all his work. Alex and Pat Daley have shared concerts and recorded together on and off for, hmm, maybe two decades now. You can find the South Shore Serenade and all his other CD's on Alex's web site. Just do a search for Alex Bevan. I can't recall the actual site. If you go there tell him Rex sent you. Also, Pat Daley has a web site with his CD's bookings, etc.

Rex


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Subject: ADD: Great Lakes Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 06:09 PM

Using the notes from Lee Murdock's Freshwater Highway CD, I thought I'd see if I could add a few corrections and some HTML to the lyrics Cap't Bob posted above. The Silverstein is Shel. Don't know who Daley is. Murdock's notes often have horrible spelling and a few other errors, so I can't vouch that these are absolutely exact. Some of the lyrics Cap't Bob posted fit the tune and meter a bit better.

THE GREAT LAKES SONG
© 1995, Silverstein/Daley, Evil Eye Music/Island House Music BMI
CHORUS:
Sweet Mother Michigan, Father Superior
Coming down from Mackinac and Sault Sainte Marie
Blue Water Huron flows down to Lake Erie-o
Falls into Ontario and on out to sea.

The Great Lakes are a diamond on the hand of North America
A bright, shining jewel on the friendship border ring.
It's a freshwater highway coming down from Canada
And all along the coastline you can hear the people sing.
CHORUS

Hardy are the seamen on the ships that load the iron ore
Hauling out of Thunder Bay, bound for Buffalo.
And hardy are the fishermen, like their fathers were before.
They say, "Bury me at sea when it's my time to go."
CHORUS

Down below the quarter-deck, old men mend the fishing nets.
While up on the windy bridge, young men curse into the wind.
Up and down the Windsor Straits, the wives and mothers lie awake
They pray Our Lady Of the Lake will bring them home again.
CHORUS


Windsor Straits? Hmmm. That's a term I haven't heard. My ancestry is French Canadian, but I was born in Motown. I think I'll stick with Detroit River and try to forget that the Brits prevailed on the Canadian side.
Oh, and those other straits are ALWAYS pronounced "mackinaw," but never spelled that way except in the name of Mackinaw City. The correct spelling of everything but the city is Mackinac, but the pronunciation of both spellings is the same. Spell it wrong or pronounce it wrong, and Michiganders will question whether you are truly cosmopolitan.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Rex
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 07:31 PM

Joe, thanks for writing them down. The "Daley" you were wondering about is Pat Dailey. (I might have been more careful with the spelling in my last post.) Here is his website: (www.patdailey.com) He's done a few Great Lakes songs over the years. Another good writer of them as I've mentioned before is Alex Bevan (www.ncweb.com/ent/alex/). Now and then you'll find the two of them recording or performing together.

Rex


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: raredance
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 08:43 PM

Another batch of Great Lakes songs can be found in the recordings of a duo called "Privateer". I think they might have been out of Chicago. I picked up their album "Burnham Harbor" at a maritime museum in Manitowoc, WI some years ago. Later I found a used LP called "Let The Waves Roll High". "Burnham Harbor" is the far better of the two recordings.

rich r


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Victoria
Date: 05 Jan 00 - 10:30 PM

And here I was just about to recommend "Privateer", and rich r. beat me to it! :-) "Privateer" (they no longer use that name) are actually Tom and Chris Kastle, excellent maritime folk singers and also friends of mine. They spend half the year touring and also sail in the great lakes region, in addition to residency programs and workshops throughout the U.S. (They are also great fun to hang out with!) Their CDs can be purchased at http://www.schoonerman.com/sextant.htm and the site tells a bit more about them as well. (If you ever get a chance to see them in concert, be sure to ask Tom for "The Black Dog of Lake Erie" - it's the greatest!) :-)


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Subject: RE: 'Great Lakes Song' lyrics request
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 06 Jan 00 - 10:26 AM

"I think I'll stick with Detroit River and try to forget that the Brits prevailed on the Canadian side."

Stick with?? Don't you mean stick to!?! LOL!!

I've heard the Detroit river described as a great waste of space because it's too thick to pour and too thin to plow...

And I'm pretty sure if you check yer hsitory, the Brits prevailed on that side of the border as well... a little thing in 1812 or so... I seem to recall someones capital going up in flames... Now... who could that be eh?!?! LOL!

So where can I get the tune for this song?? Anyone got it as an MP3?? It reads great and I'd love to throw it into my show... Although I'm gonna spell it Sault Ste. Marie, like it should be spelled!! hehehehehehe

Take Ye Care Eh!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Great Lakes Song (Pat Dailey)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 08:24 AM

About Pat Dailey.


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