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Lyr Add: The Swearing Skipper (Smith/de Koven)

Q (Frank Staplin) 01 Sep 13 - 04:03 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 03 Sep 13 - 10:48 AM
MGM·Lion 03 Sep 13 - 10:55 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 03 Sep 13 - 11:20 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Sep 13 - 11:14 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SWEARING SKIPPER (Smith/de Koven)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 04:03 PM

THE SWEARING SKIPPER
Words Harry B. Smith, Music Reginald de Koven, 1900

1. Once was a skipper of a taut Dutch ship,
And his name was Vander Decken-
Yo-ho! That name you know.
He sail'd and he sail'd a roving trip,
Down to Cape Good Hope, I reckon,
To Cape Good Hope Yo Ho!
One night he tried to sail in the teeth of a breeze,
But lo he could not make head-
So he made such 'orrid remarks as these,
he made such 'orrid remarks as these,
Which are some of the things he said.

Refrain-
He said:
By the great horn spoon,
I'll double that Cape, I swear by my Grandad's bones;
May I die on land in a drunken scrape,
May I go to Davy Jones,
I swear by blankety blank, blank, blank, I swear.
And he would have said more, I make no doubt,
But the terrible thunder drown'd him out.
Ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy!
"I swear" says he, I'll double that Cape,
And I won't turn back never,
So there he is in a dreadful scrape,
And never, no never, can he escape,
Swearing away, a spectral shape,
And sailing on forever.

2. Take warning my messmates all of this wild yarn,
Of this most cantank'rous gaby-
Yo ho! yes he was so.
And never say anything worse than 'darn',
No matter how mad you may be.
'Tis better to do so,-
For "darn" and "gosh" and the likes of those
Are good enough cuss words quite.
It is better to come unto blood and blows,
Than to say as he said that terrible night,
As he said on that dreadful night.

Edward Schuberth & Co.
From Digital Library, ucla.edu

Posted for the neo-chantecler chantey chanters here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Swearing Skipper
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 10:48 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Swearing Skipper
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 10:55 AM

The composer achieved some sort of posthumous note by being outrageously rhymed with Beethoven in Johnny Mercer's lyric to The Old Music Master.

An amusing twist on the Flying Dutchman myth. Anywhere one could hear the tune?

~M~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Swearing Skipper
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 11:20 AM

I found only the sheet music (accidentally, searching for something else). I found nothing else on google.

My Windows insists that I capitalize Google. It underlines the lower case use in red.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Swearing Skipper
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 11:14 PM

Here's a link to the sheet music as a PDF.


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