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Lyr Req: Tugboat Song (Inge Wessels)

mg 04 Jan 10 - 05:39 PM
ClaireBear 04 Jan 10 - 09:03 PM
Snuffy 05 Jan 10 - 03:43 AM
Charley Noble 05 Jan 10 - 08:40 AM
mg 05 Jan 10 - 12:42 PM
Snuffy 05 Jan 10 - 01:19 PM
ClaireBear 05 Jan 10 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: mg
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 05:39 PM

Little song by John Dwyer. Would love the lyrics and will be seeking permission possibly to record. mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 09:03 PM

I believe I have heard a song by that name, but it was written by a Dutch lady named Irma, who had in fact been a tugboat cook. I gather you are speaking of a different song. If it turns out that it's Irma's song you are seeking, though, I might be able to track it down -- let me know.

C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 03:43 AM

The Tugboat Cook sung by Inge Wessells is on a 1981 Folkways album Sea Music of Many Lands: The Pacific Heritage recorded at the National Maritime Museum, San Francisco - Festival of the Sea, 1980.

Inge Wessels worked as a tugboat cook on Puget Sound after immigrating from germany to Vancouver in 1970. On the sleeve notes she says "I wrote 'The Tugboat Song' in 1979 on board the QUEEN to cheer myself up after getting hell from the skipper for following orders from the first mate and hell from the first mate for his getting hell from the skipper - does that make sense"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 08:40 AM

Refresh for more!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: mg
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 12:42 PM

I would like the words and if someone has an MP3 of the song and knows how to contact her for permission that would be great...perhaps John only sang the song..I always thought he had written it. mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 01:19 PM

I got the recording from the Chantey Cabin in 2008 - 20 Folkways LPs on a single memory stick. The songs are in MP3 format, and there is a PDF of the liner notes for each album. Cost was £20 or £25 if I recall.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: ClaireBear
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 01:59 PM

Well, my Dutch lady named Irma has become a German lady named Inge, but after 30 years I guess I can't complain too much about my revisionist memory.

Mary, you should PM Chanteyranger and see if he has the words in the Hyde St. Pier's collection, or still knows how to contact Inge. I'll ask around, but I imagine he'd your best bet. Inge was, and probably still is, very memorable!

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: ClaireBear
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 03:02 PM

There's free access to the song via Rhapsody.com.

I think this site has a first-few-free policy, though I'm not sure; you might click on the song and see if what plays is the song you are thinking of.

http://www.rhapsody.com/inge-wessels


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: mg
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 03:23 PM

I guess that is the one...thought it was by John Dwyer...well, we probably won't include it but thanks everyone.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TUGBOAT SONG (Inge Wessels)
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:02 PM

THE TUGBOAT SONG
Inge Wessels

I looked for adventure and went to the sea,
I didn't know what was in store there for me.
Now I wish I could get myself off the hook
'Cause I've had bloody well enough as tugboat cook.
Rolling, rolling, rolling,
Everything is rolling,
Rolling the sea
And poor little me,
For god sake why am I a tugboat cook
We went to Gold River and rounded Cape Scott,
I cooked a big pot of stew to feed my lot.
But when we had dinner, my crew gave me heck,
'Cause this lovely stew was spread all over the deck.

The West Coast is rough, I don't have enough hands,
To hold on in the washroom and to pull up my pants.
If it goes on like this I'll be losing my wits,
Don't know what to do because I've got the shhh....ooby-doo

And if the good fairy comes ever to me,
In my cramped little cabin on this awful rough sea,
I'd ask her politely, often wish I'd be found,
Please do stop my galley from rolling around.

Recording issued on Sea Music of Many Lands: The Pacific Heritage recorded at the National Maritime Museum, San Francisco - Festival of the Sea, 1980, Folkways FSS38405, 1981.

The liner notes state:
Inge Wessels comes from a long line of Friesland sailors. Though she always wanted to pilot vessels when she was growing up in Germany, she only started going to sea after after immigrating to Vancouver, B.C. in 1970. Inge worked as a tugboat cook on Puget Sound before moving to San Francisco.A former member of folk song clubs, she is most interested in sea songs of her native land.

She says "My love for the sea, and my desire to make some 'real' money instead of peanuts made me work for several years on tugboats out of Vancouver, British Columbia. I wrote 'The Tugboat Song' in 1979 on board the QUEEN to cheer myself up after getting hell from the skipper for following orders from the first mate and hell from the first mate for his getting hell from the skipper - does that make sense?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 05:09 PM

The lyrics I posted above were taken from the recording, and vary very slightly from those in the liner notes.

You can listen to an extract and/or download the liner notes from the Smithsonian Folkways website.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 06:01 PM

Excellent work, Snuffy.

The lyrics always change even when the composer sings the song.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Stewart
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 06:44 PM

Hi Mary,

You can hear a clip of Inga singing the song HERE (#204) on the Folkways site. And you can also buy the mp3.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: Stewart
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:25 PM

You can also buy the mp3 from Amazon for just $.99
I did, and just emailed it to you, Mary.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: ClaireBear
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 07:30 PM

Thanks for the memories. I can just picture her singing it! What a wonderful character.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Cook
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:16 AM

"getting hell from the skipper for following orders from the first mate and hell from the first mate for his getting hell from the skipper"

My sister once had a conversation with a woman who a cook aboard a Mississippi River barge. She was the only woman aboard, and she endured hostility all the time. Apparently the men considered her a god-given target.

Pathetic, ain't it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tugboat Song (Inge Wessels)
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 15 May 10 - 04:17 PM

Thanks everyone. You just might have the chance to hear this rendered anew. mg


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