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Lyr Req: The Rodney (Dennis O'Keeffe)

Jack Blandiver 16 Nov 09 - 08:39 AM
Keith A of Hertford 16 Nov 09 - 09:18 AM
Jack Blandiver 16 Nov 09 - 10:08 AM
Charley Noble 16 Nov 09 - 12:09 PM
Artful Codger 16 Nov 09 - 06:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 08:39 AM

Both a lyric request and a request for the ID of the woman we heard sing it in a session at The Fylde a couple of years back; she accompanied herself on concertina, and sang it like a demon. Wonderful song, wonderful performance - sung to After the Ball is Over perhaps???


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 09:18 AM

I think it is this one.
http://unionsong.com/u456.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 10:08 AM

Cheers, Keith - that's certainly the song, but who was the singer??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 12:09 PM

Good catch!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Artful Codger
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 06:23 PM

The cowboy song "After the Roundup"/"When the Work Is Done This Fall" (originally "D-2 Horse Wrangler", by D.J. O'Malley) was also written to the tune of "After the Ball", though it's more usually sung to some dull-as-dishwater cowboy tune--the range of the original isn't too bad (an octave and a fourth), but the tune sounds nothing like a trail song. I've tried a compromise, and liberally cowdlerized "After the Ball" into more of a cowboy tune. Did O'Keefe do something similar for his song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Artful Codger
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 06:28 PM

Woops, overlooked the sound clickies on the lyrics page. Sounds like he used the tune mostly as written.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: JennieG
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 07:58 PM

Where is The Fylde? I am assuming it is somewhere in the British Isles? The woman you mention is probably Carole Garland from Australia, she has a powerhouse voice and I know she sings the song. Carole is originally from England but has lived in Oz for many years.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 11:38 PM

Hi, JennieG

The Fylde is the area of Lancashire west of Preston and Lancaster, bounded to the south by the Ribble estuary, and to the north by Morecambe Bay. The town of Fleetwood, home of the Fylde Folk Festival, lies at the end of a peninsula north of Blackpool.

The Festival takes place at the end of August/beginning of September, and over the years we have had many visitors from down under. The singarounds always produce some great performances, and some great songs have cropped up over the years. Sounds like this was one I missed. Good to have it remembered.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: JennieG
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 11:40 PM

Ross, in that case it probably was Carole.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RODNEY (Dennis O'Keeffe)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 06:00 PM

Copied from http://unionsong.com/u456.html


THE RODNEY
Words, Dennis O'Keeffe, 1992. Tune, AFTER THE BALL, Charles K. Harris, 1892.

Once a young roustabout, boiled a billy of tea,
He asked an old shearer, a story tell me please,
I'll tell you a story, but you must tell no-one,
Something my mates and I, in days gone by have done,

Once there was a captain, of a river boat,
With forty-five free labourers, on the Darling they did float,
The year was 1894; the strikes had just begun,
And shearers' blood was being spilt, far worse than 91.

CHORUS: After we burnt the Rodney, we danced on the river-bank,
There we played an old tune, until the Rodney sank,
Many a heart was happy, if you could only see,
We had a blood great bonfire, the night we burnt the Rodney.

We did not like this captain; of him we had no fear,
To stations he'd been taking scabs, upon the river for years,
We'll take his boat the men all yelled, we'll teach this Captain Dickson,
So, wire stretched across the river, to the trees we started fixing.

But the Captain heard of our little game, and tied up miles below,
Through the mashes on the river-bank, running we did go,
Then swimming through the water, the men all followed me,
And in the darkness of the night, we climbed aboard the Rodney.

The Captain could not believe his eyes, to see us standing there,
With raddle painted faces and mud smeared into our hair,
The crew we did not harm at all, but let them row away,
The scabs we left on an island, a small price they did have to pay.

Then we soaked the decks with kerosene, from stem to stern,
Then all us lads went ashore, and cheered as the Rodney burned,
No-one recognised us, they knew not who to blame,
So young man, you must tell no-one, Shear-Blade is my name.


[Sung by Dennis O'Keeffe on his CD "Matilda in a Tucker Bag".]

Dennis writes: "The Rodney was one of a number of paddle steamers used to transport blackleg (scab) shearers up the Darling River to the shearing sheds in 1894. The unionists were bitter against the skippers of these boats, and the P. S. Rodney was burnt by Union Shearers. The captain of the Rodney had ferried non-union labour to the sheds during the 1891 strike. The shearers sat on the river bank as the Rodney burned whilst a young shearer played After the Ball is Over on his concertina."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night they Sank the Rodney
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 06:17 AM

Photo of Carole - first pic in this album.

There are also pics of her in other albums

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Rodney (Dennis O'Keeffe)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 05:10 AM

Correction to my earlier post: Though D.J. O'Malley wrote "After the Roundup" to the tune of "After the Ball," he did not originally title it "D-2 Horse Wrangler"; that was another poem O'Malley claimed to have written (though his authorship is disputed), which was sung to the tune of "The Day I Played Baseball".


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