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Lyr/Chords Add: The SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)

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Charley Noble 16 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM
GUEST,Henryp 16 Feb 10 - 02:53 PM
Charley Noble 16 Feb 10 - 08:12 PM
GUEST,Les Sullivan 17 Feb 10 - 06:44 AM
Charley Noble 17 Feb 10 - 08:27 AM
Jack Blandiver 17 Feb 10 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,Les Sullivan 17 Feb 10 - 01:18 PM
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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE SS CLAN ALPINE (Ron Baxter)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM

I love songs that fill in the gaps of our nautical history.

This fine song was composed by Ron Baxter from information he received from a former crew member of the SS Clan Alpine, a cargo steamer that steamed back and forth between England and the Far East. With Ron's encouragement I've set it to a tune, lengthened the chorus, and changed a few other words (copy and paste into WORD/TIMES/12 to line up chords):

By Ron Baxter, © All rights reserved
Charlie Ipcar 2/10/10
Tune: after "Cole Younger"

The SS Clan Alpine

C---F----C----------------F---------------C--------G-C--G
For the Clan Alpine, in Chittagong, it was her fi-nal run;
-----------F-------------G---C----------------------------F--C--G
She was heading for the "breakers yard" way over in Tai-wan,
---------F--------------------C-------------F---------------G---C
But the monsoon it came early, Force 9, with a roll-ing swell–
------------F---------------C--------------------------G-----------C
From the Bengal Bay it raced its way, now her story I will tell.

--------F--C------------------F------------------C--------G--C--G
Well, her Master rang for half ahead, both anchors he had laid,
------F-------------G--C-----------------------------------F--C-G
But still she start-ed dragging, and the Chief called up a-fraid,
-F--------------------C----------------------F-------------G-----C
"We've lost water suction, though I 'm sure I don't know how."
------F--------------------------C--------------------------G------------------C
"I'll tell you why," was the Captain's cry, "we've a palm tree on the bow!"


Chorus

C-------F---------------C
We'd a palm tree on the bow,
---F---------------G---C
If you could see her now,
------F----------------------C--------------------G
And through that paddy field ploughed her keel (ploughed her keel);
C--------F------------------C
We'd a palm tree on the bow;
------------F--------------C
We could only wonder how,
--------F-------------------C-----------------G
When we looked out it really seemed un-real;
--------F-------------------G-----------------C
When we looked out it really seemed un-real.



So, one mile from the river, when the water it went down,
Hard and fast in a paddy field the Clan Alpine was found;
Then a magistrate accosted us, on the mast he nailed a writ,
Though it sounds surreal, "for importing steel without the right permit!" (CHO)

Then the farmer to the owners he sent his just demand:
Rent for our grounded ship that was parked all on his land!
So they sold her to the breakers, her fate was duly sealed;
Now there's no sign of the Clan Alpine in that paddy field! (CHO)

Here are the original words and notes:

By Ron Baxter, © All rights reserved

The SS Clan Alpine

The Clan Alpine, in Chittagong, it was her final run
She was heading for the 'breakers' out there in Taiwan
But the monsoon it came early, Force 9, with a rolling swell–
From the Bengal Bay, it raced her way, now her story I will tell.

Chorus:

She'd a palm tree on the bow, a palm tree on the bow,
And through a paddy field ploughed her keel, with a palm tree on the bow.

Her Master rang for half ahead, and both anchors he had laid
But still she started dragging, and the Chief said "I'm afraid–
We've lost water suction, though I cannot tell you how."
"I'll tell you why!" the Captain cried "we've a palm tree on the bow!"

One mile from the river, when the water it went down,
Hard and fast in that paddy field the Clan Alpine was found.
Then a 'Jobs worth' he arrested them, on the mast he nailed a writ,
Though it sounds surreal, for importing steel without the right permit!

And of course the farmer from the owners did demand
Rent for the grounded ship that they'd parked on his land!
There they sold her to the breakers so her fate was signed and sealed
So now there's no trace of Clan Alpine now in that paddy field! (CHO)

Notes:

According to Baxter this incident actually happened in 1961 when the SS Clan Alpine became stranded in a paddy field during a typhoon near Karnaphuli River, East Pakistan.

Here's a link to my website where you can see a photo of the SS Clan Alpine high and dry in the paddy field, and access a MP3 sample of how I sing this song: click here for lyrics and MP3 Sample!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: GUEST,Henryp
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 02:53 PM

Very nice, Charley. Congratulations to you and Ron.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 08:12 PM

Thanks, Henry.

I do love a good story bit I was particularly thrilled to find the photo of the Clan Alpine stranded in the paddy field, while looking for any image of such stranded ships.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: GUEST,Les Sullivan
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 06:44 AM

Tis a fine song indeed I feel I should point out that Ron asked me to put a tune to another Clan Alpine tale about changing the prop whilst at sea this song appears on my cd Echoes of Lowlands and also The compilation cd that Ron put out he does write exceedingly well and we have collaborated on another song Fish upon the wall about the demise of the fishing trade in Fleetwood.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:27 AM

Les-

I'll check out Echoes of Lowlands later today.

Maybe I'll also get to meet you when I'm over on your side of the Great Pond this September.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 09:03 AM

Let's have that again, shall we?

For more great Ron Baxter songs see:

www.myspace.com/fleetwoodfolkclub - featuring a salty selection including: "Lost" (set by Ross Campbell & sung by Demdyke), "Beware the Fylde Coast Sands" (set by Ross Campbell & sung by The Wyre Light Orchestra), "Who's Going to Pay Paddy Doyle" (set David Ryan & sung by Spitting on a Roast - in the Digi Trad HERE), "Old Trail" (set & performed by Ross Campbell), "Bight of Benin" (set & performed by Mike Fairclough), "Ghosts of the Trawling Trade" (set & sing by Tony Mason), "The Paper Boy Didn't Call" (set & sung by Paul Whitely)

www.myspace.com/demdyke - featuring the darker folkloric side of Ron's writing, set and performed by Ron, Ross, Rapunzel & O'Piobaireachd...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SS Clan Alpine (Ron Baxter)
From: GUEST,Les Sullivan
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 01:18 PM

I would look forward to meeting you in Sept we should look at making it happen where will you be?


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