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Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...

emily rain 29 Aug 99 - 03:21 PM
Margo 29 Aug 99 - 04:53 PM
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Sandy Paton 29 Aug 99 - 06:51 PM
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emily rain 30 Aug 99 - 12:32 AM
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emily rain 30 Aug 99 - 11:38 PM
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Subject: 'out fell a breast...
From: emily rain
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 03:21 PM

i'm wondering if anyone knows the tune to this song (lyrics found in the digitrad) about a woman who dresses as a boy to search for her love ("willie-o"), joins a navy ship, and learns that all the sailors on the ship are women.

One night as she worked on the rigging up high
Her breast fell into the pale moonlight.
Her breast fell into the pale moonlight
And the sailors all smiled to see the sight.

i know joan baez recorded it, but that's all the info i have.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Margo
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 04:53 PM

I have heard that line, but from a song with a different ending, the ship's crew being men. I wonder if Joan Baez changed it to suit herself?

Margarita


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 05:41 PM

Had to be a different song - the Steven Sellors song is hilarious because the entire crew is female. I didn't know Joan Baez recorded it. I seem to recall Cindy Mangsen did, but I can't find a recording currently in print that has the song on it, so I could be mistaken. I wish I could remember the tune.

Now, just in the off chance it might come up as a green 'Shop' clicky: willy-o - for the love of willy


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 06:51 PM

It's on one of Gordon Bok's "February Tapes" - only I can't remember which one of the two cassettes, and the titles aren't visible on the outside of the package. (I can't find my open copies right now, and I'm too cheap to open two more from Folk-Legacy's stock!) I believe it's sung there by the fellow who wrote it. If I'm wrong, some Mudcatter will surely correct me, bless 'em.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Jeri
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 07:16 PM

Sandy, I checked your website and the song is on Gordon Bok, THE FEBRUARY TAPES, Volume I - C-500. (And there's a possibility I had my Cindys mixed up and it was Kallet, not Mangsen?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Susan A-R
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 09:15 PM

It was also printed in Sing OUt a while back. Is their stuff indexed on the web anywhere?? If anyone's desparate, I could go back through em and find it. A friend of mine had a sister who did some sort of intensive study of all of those transvestite sailor/warrior songs. Interesting to find out how often that may really have happened.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 09:34 PM

Jeez, Jeri! You'd think a fellow could take the time to check his own web site! Aside from apologizing for this sin of omission, let me assure you that you were NOT wrong: it was Cindy Mangsen, one of my favorite ballad singers, who also recorded it. I had no idea Baez sang it. Somehow, that really surprises me. Doesn't seem like her sort of thing at all.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: emily rain
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 09:36 PM

nice job, jeri. there it is in green shopland, plain as day.

okay, there's my last resort: spend $$$$. if anyone knows it offhand (thank you for your sweet offer, susan! but i don't want to cause you trouble) i now have miditext capabilities (also thanks to multi-talented jeri), or wav via e-mail...


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: emily rain
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 10:04 PM

oh, yes, i'm pretty sure i heard joan baez singing it on the minnesota public radio morning show long, long ago... recorded, that is. not her thing, you say? how do you mean?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 10:48 PM

I dunno. Just doesn't strike me as the kind of song that would appeal to her, although even she must need to find acceptable humorous material for occasional relief from perpetual beauty. No offense intended, Emily.

Sandy again.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 10:57 PM

Hi Susan A-R, it was not unheard of that women sailed under the guise of a man. I have a Commissioner's report of the New England Fisheries & reported in the remarks column for the whaling ship Lydia sailing out of Nantucket for Brazil in 1800 of 160 tons & captained by William Clark "One of the crew a disguised female, had been two voyages undetected"
The first woman, Jeanne Baret, to sail around the world did so under the guise of a man on board the LaBoudeuse from 1767-1769.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: emily rain
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 12:32 AM

oh, no no, sandy, none taken. sorry if my question sounded terse. hmmm... maybe we should narrate our body language: "how so?" she asked, eyebrows raised pleasantly, head cocked inquiringly. ; )

i see baez's song choices as fairly non-descriminatory. only problem was, she sang them all with the same voice.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: KathWestra
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 06:14 PM

Just had to add a note about the songwriter. Steve Sellors, a Canadian from New Brunswick, is a songwriter capable of writing highly amusing songs, like "All for the love of her Willy-o," and extraordinary serious songs, like "I Will Not Come Down from the Cross," which Helen Schneyer has been singing lately. He's a real talent! I wasn't aware that anyone besides Cindy Mangsen and the Maine February Tapes crowd had recorded his stuff. Like Sandy, I find it hard to imagine Joan Baez singing that song. No particular reason. Just doesn't fit my "Baez" mind picture.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Bill D
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 06:41 PM

several versions of BILLY TAYLOR use approximately that line..


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 07:21 PM

Susan A-R, Sing Out has a very respectable Web site, notably now including MIDI's for all tunes published for the last couple of years(ish). I'll gladly have a look, but it's not clear to me from the above what the actual name of the song is? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 10:56 PM

The title is "For the Love of Willy. I'll check out that website someday when I get a chance.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: emily rain
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 11:38 PM

boy do i hate to admit this, but you may be right. *humbling self*

since i have no life, i looked at every track on every joan baez album available from cdnow.com (including the import items), and poor willy wasn't there.

i could swear it was her! but of course it was very early morning and about eleven years ago and pre-folk-obsession... maybe it was cindy i heard?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Pelrad
Date: 30 Aug 99 - 11:44 PM

Cindy Kallet does sing it, but I don't think she has recorded it. I worked it out in my own key, wish I could do a cool .wav or midi file for you, but am not that sophisticated. Here's my pitiful attempt (with the only verse I can think of at the moment)...

E A C E A C One night as she worked in the rigging so high,

C B A B D A Her breast fell into the pale moonlight.

A F G F E C Her breast fell into the pale moonlight,

C D A and the sailors all smiled to see the sight.

A B All for the love, All for the love,

A B C B C D A And it's all for the love of her Willy-O.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
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Date: 31 Aug 99 - 01:40 AM

"And her Willy-O" ... now there's a remarkable thought if you have a dirty mind.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Pelrad
Date: 31 Aug 99 - 10:14 PM

All right, that totally did not come across as I carefully transcribed it. Sorry. For lack of a better setup, here it is again in a stupid format.

(E)One (A)night as she (C)worked (E)in the (A)rigging so (C)high,

(C)Her (B)breast fell in(A)to (B)the (D)pale moon(A)light.

(F)Her breast fell in(G)to (F)the (E)pale moon(C)light,

(C)and the (D)sailors all smiled to see the (A)sight.

(A)All for the love, All (B)for the love,

(A)And (B)it's (C)all for the love (B)of (C)her (D)Willy-(A)O.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 01 Sep 99 - 11:45 AM

Could well have been Cindy Mangsen you heard, Emily. She's got a superb voice and handles ballads extremely well, but she can also deal deftly with humor. And, Pelrad, I'm pretty sure Cindy Kallet has not recorded the song. I try to keep up with all of her available recordings.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: GUEST,easandymackay
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 07:55 PM

I will sing no more I won't sing no more
I will sing no more For I must get away
I will sing no more for I must get away
The ship was spotted just yesterday

All for the love all for the love
all for the love of my Willy-o


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: 'out fell a breast...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 09:10 PM

Well, it's certainly nice to keep abreast of this old thread. I think one of my favorite renditions of Steve Sellors fine song was rendered by the Quigley Ensemble on their splendid CD titled Renovation, © 1992. We heard them live at a Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival some years ago. I wonder where they are now?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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