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Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)

BrooklynJay 22 Dec 10 - 04:36 PM
Nancy King 22 Dec 10 - 05:43 PM
BrooklynJay 13 Mar 14 - 04:14 AM
BrooklynJay 12 Apr 16 - 01:08 PM
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Subject: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 04:36 PM

On the 1981 album Leftovers by Clam Chowder, there is a lovely, plaintive song called The Irish Sea. Kathy Sobansky sings it as a solo, accompanied by a harp. The old cassette tape I have is a copy, with no liner notes whatsoever. Searching Mudcat and the Internet yielded no info at all about the song, except for a site that credited it to someone named Winburn.

What I am looking for is any information at all about this song, including corrrect lyrics if mine are incorrrect. I have transcribed it as best I could from my tape, and I think it is 99% correct. The one part I'm not sure of I've put in brackets.


The Irish Sea

The Irish Sea is winter mad,
The waves are high and the sky is sad.
The safety of the shore I had,
Is gone upon this sea.

I left my king and I left my home,
I gave my life for the sails of foam.
From bonny Scotland I did roam,
And went upon the sea.

And as we sail on through the night,
The reason must be kept in sight.
To think of her with all my might,
In France beyond the sea.

My lady of the northern shore,
More lovely than the queens of yore,
Who, with her country, opened the door
To Scotland's liberty.

I grew to love her Norman grace,
[That chimes?] with beauty in her face,
Until she left our Gaelic place,
And went upon the sea.

I tried to live without my love,
But found my death without my dove.
And so I sail from Glasgow's port,
And go upon the sea.

The Irish Sea is winter mad,
The waves are high and the sky is sad.
The safety of the shore I had,
Is gone upon this sea.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: Nancy King
Date: 22 Dec 10 - 05:43 PM

Chesapeake Bay area singer Janie Meneely, who now sings with her partner Paul DiBlasi as "Calico Jack," was a founding member of the group Crab Alley, which was active in the early 1980s. You can get in touch with Janie via her website, http://www.janiemeneely.com. I'm sure she'd be glad to answer your questions. Janie wrote many of the songs that group sang; don't know if this is one of hers, but it sure sounds nice!

My copy of the Crab Alley tape is long gone. I think it's one of the ones my ex fried on the front seat of his convertible. :0( Maybe I'll ask Janie if she has any left, when next I see her...

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 13 Mar 14 - 04:14 AM

Refresh.

Upon closer listening, it appears the lyric above in question is "The timeless beauty in her face."

So - anyone have any info about this song?

(And, BTW, Crab Alley and the now-retired Clam Chowder were not one and the same.)


Jay


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 12 Apr 16 - 01:08 PM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Apr 16 - 06:25 PM

https://www.facebook.com/Clam-Chowder-the-group-not-the-soup-299714065495/

Maybe try at that Facebook page.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Irish Sea (Winburn)
From: GUEST,jpegelhof
Date: 11 May 16 - 11:15 PM

I wonder if it is the same song that either the Irish Tourist Board or AerLingus used in a commercial many years ago. The song always haunted me...all I can remember is that the final line went something like "and who of you young (or brave) sailing men would dare sail the Irish Sea." The tune was like the one used in the song "To go to sea once more"


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