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The First Time wanted

GUEST,kendall 02 Jul 10 - 11:15 AM
ClaireBear 02 Jul 10 - 11:38 AM
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Subject: The First Time wanted
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 11:15 AM

I used to sing an Archie Fisher song titled The First Time but I've lost one line. It goes...how can there be any loneliness with 300 men in the crew.Anyone know what comes before?


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Subject: LYR ADD: The First Time wanted
From: ClaireBear
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 11:38 AM

Found it!

From this page, where it says "This song was written about the feelings of Fisher's friend Owen Hand on his first trip on board a whaling ship out of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland."


THE FIRST TIME (Archie Fisher)


When you're sailin' out for the first time,
Men will tell you of trips that they've made,
Of the work and the sweat and the loneliness,
And you feel just a little afraid.

They'll tell you of whales that they've harpooned,
And of payoffs they've had in the past,
Of the men who have died, and the boredom,
And of trips that were to be their last.

They say when you've been out at six months,
In that cold and desolate place,
That you won't be able to sleep at night,
Or remember your own mother's face.

So when you ask them why they go whaling,
And why from their families they part,
Oh, they may shrug and say, "It's the money,"
Or that "man is a hunter at heart."

When you lie in your bunk on the first night,
And you hope that it won't be too tough,
And the roll of the ship puts you off to sleep,
You'll find out for yourself soon enough.

It won't be the first time you've worked hard,
For you've mined and you've dug ditches, too,
And how can there be any loneliness,
With three hundred men in the crew?

When you're sailin' out for the first time,
Men will tell you of trips that they've made,
Of the work and the sweat and the loneliness,
And you feel just a little afraid.

####.... Archie Fisher ....####
Recorded by Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise (For Foul Day And Fair, trk#6, 1978, Folk Legacy Records, FSS-69).


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Subject: RE: The First Time wanted
From: ClaireBear
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 11:41 AM

And of course I should have checked the forum more carefully first, because it was already here. Sorry!


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Subject: RE: The First Time wanted
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 12:22 PM

Here's the link to the forum lyrics.


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Subject: RE: The First Time wanted
From: kendall
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 02:21 PM

Thats it. I remembered most of them. Artie and Cilla didn't include the loneliness verse


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Subject: RE: The First Time wanted
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 02 Jul 10 - 02:27 PM

Cilla Fisher & Artie Trezise. That brings back memories Kendall.

Saw them live in Scotland and Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam, my dutch wife and myself managed to have a smashing chat with them afterwards. C & A even made the effort to sing some dutch words in their songs.


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