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Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door

BK Lick 22 Oct 09 - 11:36 PM
Joe Offer 22 Oct 09 - 11:56 PM
GUEST,Dan 23 Oct 09 - 12:28 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANGING OF THE WHEELHOUSE DOOR
From: BK Lick
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:36 PM

THE BANGING OF THE WHEELHOUSE DOOR
(Sean Gagnier)

The winter's ice clings to cliff,
To beach, and empty shell;
The cold wind moans on the bones of summer,
And takes a slap at the bell.
And all the boats are upside down,
Or else pulled in to shore:
Parson G, Clarissa Lee,
That used-up, shore-rigged whore;
And old Lindy Lou with her sides stove through,
Her riggings rotten and tore.
There's many a night when the wind's been right,
And the weather's been getting poor,
That I tried to sleep, but I can't sleep,
For the banging of the wheelhouse door.

I lie in bed, like a kid, you know,
And figure she'll go away;
But no such luck, goddam her bones,
So it's down to the kitchen for me.
Find the old pipe and get lit up,
Take the tea down from the shelf;
Ida's been dead since '61,
So I've gotta do for myself.
No sooner the smoke's curling over my book,
The tea's ready to pour;
Then sure as I stand, I can hear Pete McCann,
And the banging of the wheelhouse door.

Pete and me we were heading back,
With half a catch below;
Tryin' to raise the south head light,
And, Jesus, did it blow.
By the time we heard the breakers roar,
We were too close in to shore;
With a prayer and a curse, I felt her lurch,
As the rocks dug in and tore.
And old Lindy Lou fell a cryin' and a dyin',
With the ocean pouring through;
I got knocked off my feet, I couldn't find Pete,
And I don't recall much more.
'Cept the last thing I heard, the sound of a word,
And the banging of the wheelhouse door.

I came to four days later,
In a hospital in St John's;
In a body cast, 'cos I hurt my back,
And I found out Pete was gone.
They never found his body,
Though they searched ten miles of shore;
I'm getting on, my back is gone,
And I really can't fish no more.
And old Lindy Lou with her sides stove through,
Was towed and left on shore.
There's many a night when the wind's been right,
And the weather's been getting poor,
That I tried to sleep but I just couldn't sleep,
For the banging of the wheelhouse door.

####.... Sean Gagnier [1942-2002]. Transcribed by Andy Vine ....####

Found at GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:56 PM

Hi, Bruce -

Kendall mentioned this song in the Lines that really grab you thread. Anybody know if there's a recording of the song available?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:28 AM

It's on Gordon Bok's Return to the Land CD - one of many shipwrecks he has honored with his larynx over the years.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:59 AM

Thanks, Dan.

I knew it sounded familiar. It's called "Song of the Wheelhouse Door on Gordon Bok's Return to the Land CD.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 08:37 AM

I got to play this song with Sean many times... he was a great lyricist
and I learned much about words/images from him and his cohort Murdoch
Really good to at least read it again.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: maeve
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 08:39 AM

I love this one- yes, I first heard it sung by Gordon.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:24 PM

"A new seabird blinks at the first circling day
The song of the hunter returns to the bay
It's an eggshell morning in the breakwater spray
and hunger robs you blind"

Here's another 'killer' verse from Sean's 'Circle Harbor Parable"
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: Franz S.
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 02:46 PM

I have a cassette of Sean Gagnier that I bought from him in Fort Bragg CA many years ago. It includes "Circle Harbor", "The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door", Shoals of Herring", and "San Mescalito", among others, and it is a treasure. In fact, I think I'll digitize it right now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: kendall
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 04:00 PM

I still can't listen to that song. Too powerful for this old salt. I can't even read the lyrics without tearing up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 04:03 PM

Franz, I'd love to get a copy.... I recorded a couple of songs with him in the 70's in Montreal, but the studio burnt down shortly after and we lost a lot of tapes including that session.... I played 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' at a festival last summer... maybe we could swap for some of my music.... Ron


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 04:05 PM

How did I miss this one?

Now I'm not sure anyone could survive a whole workshop of these songs but this one is certainly a keeper.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: The Vulgar Boatman
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 05:57 PM

Strewth, that is some lyric. Anyone got the tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of The Wheelhouse Door
From: Art Thieme
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 07:30 PM

BK

Thanks for reminding me about this good 'un.

Hope you follks are well,

Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 04:45 PM

I remember hearing this at the Yellow Door in Montreal in the 60's and have never forgotten how powerful a song it is, Len


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 04:51 PM

Gordon Bok is the only one I ever heard do it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 11 Sep 13 - 09:54 PM

Spooky --- I was just playing the Bok CD in my car last night, thinking this was one of the standout tracks, and then this thread pops up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: bobad
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 01:13 AM

The original version can be heard here: Wheelhouse Door - Sean Gagnier


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,George
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 06:45 PM

Did Franz S or anybody else ever digitize or otherwise share Sean Gagnier's Circle Harbor tape? I would literally sell my soul for a copy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: bobad
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 07:23 PM

Guest George, lay down your particulars and we'll see about getting you a copy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,George G.
Date: 12 Jan 18 - 10:34 PM

Man, oh man, this is fantastic. Knew Sean well during the 1960 when he and Marsha lived in Montreal. Matter of fact, he sang at my wedding in '69. Been trying to get recordings of his songs for the better part of 25 years.
How do I give you my particulars without spreading them all over the net?
Thanks.
g


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Banging of the Wheelhouse Door
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 05:15 AM

Great lyrics, great story let down by a woefully poor melody.


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