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Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar (chantey)

radriano 13 Oct 99 - 06:12 PM
funky town 13 Oct 99 - 07:03 PM
Jonathan Lay 15 Oct 99 - 01:55 AM
radriano 15 Oct 99 - 05:02 PM
Stewie 18 Oct 99 - 03:37 AM
radriano 18 Oct 99 - 12:09 PM
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Subject: Lyrics required: The Capstan Bar
From: radriano
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 06:12 PM

Hello, everybody!

Anyone have lyrics to a sea shanty called THE CAPSTAN BAR?
There's no reference to it in the digital tradition database.

The first line of the shanty is:
    Walk her round for we're rolling homeward
One of the other lines is:
    Heave her, or we'll strand her

I've heard a version sung by the group SALT OF THE EARTH with only three verses. I'm getting tired of singing those three verses over and over again.

Regards, radriano


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Subject: RE: Lyrics required: The Capstan Bar
From: funky town
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 07:03 PM


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEAVE, BOYS, AWAY (from W Pint & F Dale)
From: Jonathan Lay
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 01:55 AM

William Pint & Felicia Dale (Seattle, WA) recorded a song on their "Port of Dreams" CD, which they call "Heave, Boys, Away." Here are the lyrics they use:

HEAVE, BOYS, AWAY

Walk her 'round for we're rollin' homeward
    Heave me boys together
The bully old ship is a lyin' windward
    Heave me boys away
We're taut and trim and the wind is blowin'
Snug up aloft and the ship she's goin
    Heave her, and we'll break her,
    For the old ship's a-rollin home

Oh sing and heave and heave and sing
    Heave me boys together
Oh heave and make the capstan spring
It's blow you winds to London town-o
    Heave me boys away
Where the girls are dressed so fine-o
    Heave her, and we'll break her,
    For the old ship's a-rollin' home

Oh the sail's trimmed taut and the ship she's goin'
    Heave me boys together
Oh move her around for the winds are blowin'
    Heave me boys away
So goodbye gals were bound to leave you
Goodbye sally and goodbye Lulu
    Heave her, and we'll break her,
    For the old ship's a-rollin home


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CAPSTAN BAR (from Salt of the Earth)
From: radriano
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 05:02 PM

Jonathan:
Thanks for posting those lyrics. I finally got a copy of Salt of the Earth's CD. Here is their version of the song:

THE CAPSTAN BAR
-homeward bound capstan
(as recorded by Salt of the Earth)

Walk her round for we're rolling homeward.
    Heave, me boys, together
The old bully ship is a-lying wind'ard.
    Heave, me boys, away
She's taut and trim and the wind's a-blowin'
Snug up aloft and the ship's a-goin'
    Heave her, or we'll strand her
    For the old ship's rolling home

Sing and heave and heave and sing, boys
    Heave, me boys, together
Heave and make that capstan spring, boys
    Heave, me boys, away
It's blow, ye winds, for London town-o
Where them gals are dressed so fine-o
    Heave her, or we'll strand her
    For the old ship's rolling home

Sails trimmed taught and the ship's a-goin'
    Heave, me boys, together
Move her round for the wind's a-blowin'
    Heave, me boys, away
It's goodbye gals; we're bound to leave ya
Goodbye Sally and goodbye Lulu
    Heave her, or we'll strand her
    For the old ship's rolling home

Walk her round for we're rolling homeward
    Heave, me boys, together
The old bully ship is a-lyin' wind'ard
    Heave, me boys, away
She's taught and trim and the wind's a-blowin'
Snug up aloft and the ship's a-going
    Heave her, or we'll strand her
    For the old ship's rolling home

Regards,
radriano


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Subject: RE: Lyrics required: The Capstan Bar
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 03:37 AM

I have it on an LP by Jim Mageean: 'The Capstan Bar' Dingles Records DIN 303 (1978). I transcibed the lyrics, but they are almost identical to those above, so I won't post them. However, you may be interested in Jim's note and source: 'A beautiful homeward-bounder used at the capstan. This does not appear in many of the shanty collections and seems to be an English variant of a Scandinavian shanty. This version is from a book called 'Old Sea Shanties' (1904) by J.Bradford and A.Fagge.

Cheers, Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics required: The Capstan Bar
From: radriano
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:09 PM

Stewie:

If you don't mind, I'd be very interested in seeing the version from the Bradford and Fagge collection.

You can post them directly to me at:
radriano@consrv.ca.gov

Thanks so much!
radriano


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Subject: RE: Lyrics required: The Capstan Bar
From: radriano
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:13 PM

Stewie:

Sorry, you can disregard my last message. I just reread your message and I get it now.

Regards,
radriano


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 06:26 PM

Hope no one strongly objects to my reviving this thread for a sec.

I'm always interested in trends of what songs get popular to sing at certain times. Jim Mageean done this chantey in 1978. But it seems like there was a little flurry of interest on record in the 90s maybe. There was Salt of the Earth's (1998 and 1999) and Pint 'n' Dale's (1991). After this 1999 thread, Radriano's version came out, but not on record until 2006, I believe. The New Scorpion Band had a non-chantey style version in 2004.

I'm curious whether there's an appreciable number of people who are familiar with this chantey and if they've heard in sung much in live or informal settings. I've not; I only learned it very recently, purely from Stan Hugill's book. He called it "Heave, My Boys, Away," and having neglected to also search out "The Capstan Bar", I missed any recorded versions.

Also, there seems to be a very high degree of correspondence between Bradford and Fagge's text version (the only other English text) and Hugill's. Though Hugill also cites an oral source (Scandinavian seaman "Big Skan"), I suspect he mainly culled it (as he did with most of these Scandinavian chanteys) from previous texts -- either that there was very little variation in this one (unusual).

So I also wonder if, in reference to radriano's original posting, anyone has gotten past those "same three verses"! (Note: I've heard portions of radriano's version, but I can't confirm whether he added extra verses.) I'm pretty sure all the other recordings have the same 3 verses.

So...just curious how this chantey may or may not have panned out in the last ten years since radriano's post.

Gibb


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Subject: ADD Version: The Capstan Bar
From: ClaireBear
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 07:00 PM

I think this is how my band sings it (at least, it says so on our Web site, though our webmaster has been known to put up the wrong version). Most of it's the same, but I think the second and verses have some different bits -- not great poetry, and portmanteau material that seems to have migrated in from "One More Day," but different anyway.

As usual, I don't know where we got it (that's the trouble when your band is 30+ years old), but I could maybe find out once bandmate Gary Keep is back from vacation:

THE CAPSTAN BAR
(as sung by the Dogwatch Nautical Band)

Walk her round for we're rollin' homeward
   Heave me boys together!
The old bully ship she's a-lying windward
   Heave me boys away
For we're homeward bound with the wind a-blowin'
Snug up aloft and the ships a-rollin'

Chorus:
Heave her, or we'll strand her,
And the old ship's rolling home,
And the old ship's rolling home.

Now can't you hear the wind a howlin'?
   Heave me boys together!
Can't you hear the bosun growlin'?
   Heave me boys away
For we're taut and trim and the wind's a-blowin'
Snug up aloft and the ship's a-rollin'.

Chorus

Can't you hear the mate a-bawlin'?
   Heave me boys, together!
Can't you hear the girls a-callin'?
   Heave me boys away
Farewell girls, we're bound to leave you.
Goodbye, Sally, and farewell, Lulu!

Chorus

Repeat 1st verse and Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 07:21 PM

COOL! Yes, those are the sort of "new" lyrics I was expecting to find. I thought it a little odd that most versions of the past took it the lyrics so literally. Then again, not too odd. I tend to take lyrics more literally when the song seems rare-ish, as if to 'preserve' what little is documented or whatever...or probably because the song is novel enough that the need for freshness isn't as strong...just random thoughts

Claire, I wonder if Dogwatch was tipped off to the song round about the time Richard Adrianowicz was also working it up out in SF, during the chantey sings or whatever.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar
From: ClaireBear
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 07:36 PM

Probably earlier, but I couldn't say for sure without Gary's superior memory for sources. We have a band meeting Sunday to get started on planning for our first CD, at which time I'll ask if anyone else knows where we got it, but I doubt anyone will. We certainly used to hang out at chantey sings before we became afflicted with offspring, but we stopped being regulars well before 1999.

Cheers,
C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 07:52 PM

Very interesting, thanks!

Well, here's the additional and changed verses I padded my interpretation with. Mostly standard chantey fare:

Breast your bars and bend your backs, boys
   Heave me boys together!
Heave and make your spareribs crack, boys
   Heave me boys away
We're homeward bound to New York Bay
Make your port and take your pay

Sing and heave and heave and sing
Heave and make the capstan spring
Tis blow ya winds for New York Town-O
Where them Bowery gals hang round-O

When I was young and in my prime
I courted once a fine-ass dime
But now I'm old and getting grey
They seem to look the other way


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar
From: ClaireBear
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 07:54 PM

I like that bit about the spare ribs cracking especially well, Gibb Sahib.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar (chantey)
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 03:38 AM

"Capstan bars!", the mate is callin',
Heave the anchor from the ground!
Let me hear the clank of the capstan pawlin',
Round the capstan, heave around!
Once around, twice around the capstan stampin',
Heave the anchor from the ground!
Endless circles 'round the foredeck trampin',
Round the capstan, heave around!

One shot o' chain, we've got five more left,
Heave the anchor from the ground!
"Anchor up and down!", now work up a sweat,
Round the capstan, heave around!
Hose off the mud from Davy Jones' locker,
Heave the anchor from the ground!
Bend 'em down below to the old chain locker,
Round the capstan, heave around!

Astern our cares will all pass away,
Heave the anchor from the ground!
For today is our sailing day,
Round the capstan, heave around!
Cat tackle, fish tackle, soon we'll be leavin',
Heave the anchor from the ground!
Soon as the mate calls out, "Avast Heavin'!"
Round the capstan, heave around!
Round the capstan, heave around!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Capstan Bar (chantey)
From: GUEST,gary keep
Date: 01 Sep 14 - 07:49 PM

Hello,

Better late than never?

Just saw this old thread about Capstan Bar/Heave Me Boys Away. I learned it in the late 70s. I think it was from a record but it may have been from a book that someone in Dogwatch had. I think our former member Jerry Peterson worked it up for our first year at Dickens Fair in 1978.

At times we also sang the Heave and Sing and Sing and Heave verse but we thought "too much heaving", sounds like everyone has Mal-De-Mere.

Hope you see this eventually.

Gary


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