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Chord Req: The Pilots of Tiger Bay

GUEST,Justin 16 Sep 14 - 08:08 AM
maeve 16 Sep 14 - 11:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Sep 14 - 12:10 AM
GUEST,AlbertsLion 17 Sep 14 - 12:43 AM
GUEST,Justin 17 Sep 14 - 04:45 AM
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Subject: Chord Req: The Pilots of Tiger Bay
From: GUEST,Justin
Date: 16 Sep 14 - 08:08 AM

Can anybody aid me?
I play shanties and other songs of the sea on guitar and would love to play The Pilots of Tiger Bay but try as hard as I may I cannot find the chords for this song. Can anybody help me or point me in the right direction?

I would be very appreciative of any help and assistance.

Many Thanks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PILOTS OF TIGER BAY (from Stan Hugill
From: maeve
Date: 16 Sep 14 - 11:43 PM

Justin, I'm sure someone will be along soon to lend a hand. Have you been able to make a start with figuring the chords?

Guitarists who can help can can hear the song here: Holdstock & Macleod - Pilots of Tiger Bay - Sailor Song/Sea Shanty - Traditional

Lyrics:
The Pilots of Tiger Bay *Source- Stan Hugill

A Salty Fore Topman

'T was in the year of '94 and I think of March the 20th day,
I thought I'd have a little cruise from the Well Street home to Tiger Bay.
As I rolled through ol' Wappin street, 't was there I met a pretty maid.
She gave me a kiss and she lifted her skirts, her legs were all in fine array.

Chorus:
Whack fol the looray looray laido whack fol the looray looray lay,
Whack fol the looray looray lay hurrah for the pilots of Tiger Bay!

When we set sail it was quite late, it was the hour of ten at night,
We never slacked a tack or a sheet 'til we came to the house of Mother Wright.
And when I saw that cosy room, I there resolved to stay next day.
So I took that gal for me harbour dues and she piloted me down to Tiger Bay.

Chorus:

Then in the morning when I woke, I found m'eself in doldrum grounds.
But the madam wouldn't let me go until I had spent twenty pounds.
Says I to me'self: this'll never do, I'll jump this bark without delay.
So I took a slant for the Well Street home from the rocks and shoals of Tiger Bay.

Chorus:

Now when I got back to the Well Street home I met my mate in the smoker there.
He shouted: Jack, where the hell have you been? You seem to be in ballast there.
I hung my head, not a word I'd say, I got me another ship that day,
And if I ever go to London again I'll take another cruise down to Tiger Bay.

Chorus:

To all you young fellers in this room I've only got one word to say.
Whenever you meet a pretty little maid just lead her gently by the way.
There's many an ups and downs in the world, and many a pretty girl down the highway,
But the prettiest ones that you'll ever see are the pilots down in Tiger Bay.

Chorus:

To you young ladies in this room I've only got one word to say.
Whenever you meet a sailor hard up just give him a leg up on the way.
For if you do you'll never rue he'll have some money another day.
And he'll pay you back when he hoisted his Jack to a pilot down to Tiger Bay.

Chorus:

The Pilots of Tiger Bay


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Pilots of Tiger Bay
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 14 - 12:10 AM

There is a pair of musicians from Seattle who released a CD by this same name, and the song is performed on it. Perhaps if you can track down information about them, you can find the chord information. From the liner notes:

The Pilots of Tiger Bay, Andrea Aldridge and Kathi McKenzie, came together in 1990 as a result of the perceived need fore serious fun in folk music . . . . At a concert in Seattle in 1989, we heard the late, great Stan Hugill, last of the deepwater chanateymen ("Dad," because we consider him progenitor of this duo), sing the forebitter of this name. Kathi commented at the time "What a great name for a girl group!" . . .

The disc is from 1996, and they could be contacted through Squire's Own Music, in Seattle.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Pilots of Tiger Bay
From: GUEST,AlbertsLion
Date: 17 Sep 14 - 12:43 AM

The tune is Dublin City aka Spanish Lady, you'll find it in nearly every book of Irish Folk/pub songs. Soodlums etc and probably on Mudcat too.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Pilots of Tiger Bay
From: GUEST,Justin
Date: 17 Sep 14 - 04:45 AM

Thank you everybody for your help.
It was the album - Deepwater Songs by Holdstock & MacCleod that introduced me to this lovely song.

AlbertsLion, Thank you for your help. I have tracked down the chords to 'Spanish Lady' and just by looking at the lyrics I see the familiarity. I will translate the chords tonight. Thank you!


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