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Blue bird of hull

GUEST,Mg 03 Feb 17 - 04:15 AM
Joe Offer 03 Feb 17 - 04:29 AM
Joe Offer 03 Feb 17 - 04:33 AM
GUEST,bizibod 03 Feb 17 - 10:23 AM
Steve Gardham 03 Feb 17 - 11:22 AM
Steve Gardham 03 Feb 17 - 11:36 AM
GUEST 03 Feb 17 - 01:31 PM
GUEST,silver 05 Feb 17 - 05:50 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 05 Feb 17 - 07:18 AM
Steve Gardham 05 Feb 17 - 11:37 AM
GUEST,Mg 05 Feb 17 - 01:49 PM
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Subject: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,Mg
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 04:15 AM

Swedish shipwreck song. Does anyone sing it? Written 1929 by evert taub.anyone know the copyright rules fokr sweden?


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 04:29 AM

You may have seen this, mg - the Wikipedia article about the ship and the song.
And here's a recording:


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Subject: ADD: Blue bird of hull
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 04:33 AM

Lyrics and another recording here:
Lyrics:

Det var Blue Bird en brigg

Som med sviktade stumpar stod på

Över soten i snöstorm med nerisad rigg

Själva julafton sjuttiotvå

- Surra svensken till rors, han kan dreja en spak.

Ropa skepparn

- Allright, boys, lös av!

Och Karl Stranne från Smögen

Blev surrad till rors

På Blue Bird som var dömd att bli vrak

It was Blue Bird of Hull

It was Blue Bird, a brig

That fought on through the storm

Through the gail and the blizzard

With tied down sails

On Christmas Eve (eighteen) seventy two

- Tie the Swede to the rudder, he can steer through the mist

Cried the captain

- Allright, boys, take over!

And Karl Stranne from Smögen

Was tied to the wheel

of Blue Bird that was doomed to sink

Han fick Hållö-fyrs blänk

Fast av snöglopp och stänk

Han stod halvblind

Han fick den i lo

Och i lä där låg Smögen

Hans hem där hans mor

Just fått brevet från Middelsborough

- Nå vad säger du Karl?

- Går hon klar?

- Nej, kapten!

- Vi får blossa för här är det slut.

- Vi har Hållö om styrbord och brott strax i lä.

- Ut med ankarna båtarna ut.

Men hon red inte upp

Och hon fick ett par brott

Som tog båten dom hade gjort klar

- Jag tror nog, sa Karl Stranne, att far min gått ut.

- Emot oss, jag litar på far!

He noticed the lighthouse from Hållö

Despite the blizzard and waves

He stood half-blind

But held the ship steady

And at shore was Smögen

His home where his mother

Had just recieved his letter from Middelsborough

- What say you, Karl?

- Will She make it?

- No, captain!

- Light the flares, She will take us no further.

- We have Hållö of starboard, and the waves are breaking here.

- Lower the anchors and send down the boats.

But She rode not the waves

No, they crashed down on Her

and took the boat they had lowered down.

- I believe, said Karl Stranne, that father has come.

- To meet us, I trust my father!

- Båt i lä!

- Båt i lä!

- Det är far, det är vi!

- Det är far min från Smögen! Han log.

-Lower the boats!

-Lower the boats!

-It's father! It's us!

-It's father from Smögen! He smiled.

- Båt i lä! sjöng han ut

- Dom är här jumpa i, alle man vi blir bärgade då.

- Lower the boats! He cried out.

- They are here, soon we will be saved!

Det var Stranne den äldre

En viking, en örn

Som på julafton sjuttiotvå

Tog sitt renade brännvin

Ur vinskåpets hörn

Till att bjuda dom skeppsbrutna på

- Hur var namnet på skutan?

Han sporde och slog

Nio supar i spetsiga glas

- Briggen Blue bird.

Det tionde glaset han tog

Och han slog det mot golvet i kras

- Sa ni Blue Bird kapten? Briggen Blue Bird av Hull?

- Gud i himlen var är då min son?

- Var är pojken kapten för vår frälsares skull?

Det blev dödstyst bland männen i vrån!

It was Stranne the elder

A viking, an eagle

Who on Christmas Eve '72

Took a bottle

From the corner case

To give the shipwrecked men a drink

- What was the name of the ship?

He asked as he poured nine drinks into pointy glasses

- Blue Bird, a brig

He took the tenth glass

and smashed it against the floor

- Was that Blue Bird, captain? The brig Blue Bird of Hull?

- God above, then where is my son?

-Where's the boy, captain, for God's sake!?

The men went silent as the grave.

Gubben Stranne

Tog sakta sydvästen utav

- Spara modern kapten, denna kväll.

- Nämn ej namnet på briggen som har gått i kvav.

- Nämn ej Blue Bird av Hull är ni snäll.

Och kaptenen steg opp

Han var grå han var tärd

Stormen tjöt knappt man hörde hans ord

När han sa med skälvande röst till sin värd

- Karl stod surrad och glömdes ombord.

Old man Stranne

Slowly took off his sou'wester

- Spare his mother, captain, this night.

- Don't name the ship that was wrecked.

- Please, name not Blue Bird of Hull.

The captain stood up

He was gray, he was worn

The storm wailed, one could hardly hear his words

As he said with a trembling voice to his host

- Karl was tied and forgotten on-board.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,bizibod
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 10:23 AM

Haven't listened to it yet, but just reading the lyrics makes my stomach squeeze and my hair prickle....


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 11:22 AM

Me too! Wow! Is this a true story?

I feel an English version coming on! I need to do a little more research first on the ship.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 11:36 AM

Okay so it's not a true story, but it's a great one that needs spreading. I'll work on it.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 17 - 01:31 PM

I read it was a composite of several stories that were true. Does anyone here sing it in swedish?


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,silver
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 05:50 AM

On Swedish copyright rules: see https://www.stim.se/sv/om-upphovsratt
Generally, the copyright lasts for 70 years after the composer's death, in this case 1976. STIM (Swedish Composers' International Music Agency) is on Facebook, https://sv-se.facebook.com/stimsweden
Their phone number is +46 8 783 88 00
Hope this is of some help, Mg. Best of luck to you! "Blue Bird of Hull" is one of the most gripping ballads ever written in the Swedish language.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 07:18 AM

Note to Steve

Vikki Swan is fluent in Swedish and could possibly help with interpretations and/or translations.

She is also a lot younger than us old codgers so will certainly have more energy.

Just a thought.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 11:37 AM

Thanks Malcolm
I'll certainly ask her if I need any help. However, it's easy enough to press the translate button on Wikipedia and similar sites. There's enough info above actually to make an English version. Of course copyright won't apply as we're completely reformatting the story.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,Mg
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 01:49 PM

I would like to include this on cod cd. If royalties not too exsensive or complicated. If you are a native swedish singer please pm me.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 05:47 PM

First draft. Not got a tune yet.

Twas Christmas Eve in seventy-two
The waves they reared up mountains high,
The little brig Bluebird was out in the storm
And the Swedish coast she was nigh.

Karl the helmsman was lashed to the wheel
And the brig tossed about like a feather,
While the crew went below to get out of the storm
Karl kept the brig into the weather.

Half blinded he stood and held to his course
Despite driving snow and the waves.
He spotted the light from the Hallo lighthouse
And steered the brig on to be saved.

Karl's mother in Smogen knew he was out
Had just got his letter that morning.
She knew that he was out in the storm,
But 'twas too late to send him a warning.

Karl hailed the skipper and showed him the light
But the brig was beginning to founder.
"Lower the anchors and send down the boats!"
As the waves and the storm crashed around her.

Karl's father and brothers they stood on the shore
As the brig ran onshore and was shattered;
And one boat came in and they helped them ashore,
Exhausted and sodden and battered.

After they'd warmed up and fed all the crew,
Karl's father asked, "What was your ship?"
The skipper cried, "She was the Bluebird from Hull
And to Smogen she's made her last trip."

The old Swede dashed his glass to the floor;
"God above, then where is my son?"
"He was lashed to the wheel to keep her on course
And now to his maker has gone!"

The old man his sou'ester slowly took off,
His stare was so hard, his eyes dull.
"Don't tell his mother the name of the brig,
Please name not the Bluebird of Hull."

The skipper stood up, he was broken and grey,
And his words cut the air like a sword,
As he said with a trembling voice to his host,
"Karl was tied and forgotten on board!"


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: mg
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 08:58 PM

I think I have a woman with a great voice to sing this so I probably don't need anyone at this point. I had to break a rule I made because she is not Swedish but I think she will do a great job.

And if anyone can help me with the costs of copyrights in sweden that would be great. are there hidden costs for a small run of 200-300? if it is around 10 cents per cd like it is in us and canada that is fine but if there are lots of others costs not great....


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: mg
Date: 05 Feb 17 - 09:32 PM

Would love Ms. Swan's help with pronunciations. I will do a runthrough phonetically and see what I come up with and maybe she can make corrections.

I am very taken with this song. It reminds me musically a bit of greensleeves and edmond fitzgerald and somehow of donegal danny but also stands for every shipwreck there ever was....

the one thing about your English version is I wish you would have a way to put the

- Båt i lä!

- Båt i lä!

- Det är far, det är vi!

- Det är far min från Smögen! Han log.

-Lower the boats!

-Lower the boats!

-It's father! It's us!

-It's father from Smögen! He smiled.

- Båt i lä! sjöng


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those are among the most powerful words i have ever heard in a song..reminds me of the words in marselleise.. Formez vos bataillons...now or never...


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: GUEST,silver
Date: 06 Feb 17 - 09:20 AM

As for Swedish pronunciation, Evert Taube himself reads the lyrics on Youtube: look for "Evert Taube - Balladen om 'Blue Bird' Av Hull".

"Båt i lä" - Boat to leeward! Karl's father and brothers didn't wait on the shore, they set out in a small boat to meet the Blue Bird, a remarkable act of courage under the circumstances. "Jump overboard, all hands, you will be saved!"

Verse 1: "sviktande stumpar" - I'm not a sailor so I don't know what part of the rigging "stumpar" refers to, but it was covered with ice ("nedisad rigg") and about to break.

"Brännvin" - Swedish vodka. A drink for solemn occasions as well as times of despair, and also medicine for any illness in those days.


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Subject: RE: Blue bird of hull
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 Feb 17 - 04:45 PM

Nearest local shipwreck tune I can get that fits this format is the one I use for 'Wreck of the Industry off Spurn'. It's closely related to 'Dark-eyed Sailor'

I've adjusted the words to fit better but still not satisfied with it. I'll sing it over a few times and see what needs adjusting.

Twas Christmas Eve in 72
The waves ran high and billows roared,
The little Bluebird, a brig from Hull
Was tossed upon the Swedish shore.

The crew were sleeping down below
The storm was raging and getting worse,
Lashed to the wheel was Karl the Swede
And kept the brig upon its course.

Half blinded by the driving snow,
And battered by the sweeping waves,
He saw the beam from the Hallo light
And steered the brig on to be saved.

In Smogen his mother sat in distress,
That very morn she had got word,
She knew he was out in that raging storm,
And prayed to God he would be spared.

Karl hailed the skipper and showed the light,
Just as the brig she ran aground,
"Lower the anchors, send down the boats,
For the Bluebird she is going down."

His father he stood on the shore,
And saw the brig was in distress,
He helped the crew as they came ashore,
All unaware there was one man less.

He fed and watered all the crew,
Then asked the skipper, "What was your ship?"
"She was the Bluebird sailing out of Hull,
To Smogen it is her last trip!"

His father threw his glass to ground.
"Oh God above, where is my son?"
Lashed to the wheel they left him there,
Now to his maker he has gone!

The old man his sowester took off,
His stare was hard, his eyes were dull;
"Don't tell his mother the name of the brig,
Please don't tell her the Bluebird of Hull."

The skipper stood all broken and grey,
The crew were still, their heads hung down
With trembling voice said to his host,
"Lashed to the wheel he was left to drown!"


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