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Lyr Req: Anne Wiseman's lifeboat tragedy song

Steve Jones 08 Aug 17 - 10:11 AM
GUEST,Jerry Crossley 08 Aug 17 - 11:01 AM
Steve Jones 09 Aug 17 - 08:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Anne Wiseman's lifeboat tragedy song
From: Steve Jones
Date: 08 Aug 17 - 10:11 AM

The late Anne Darby (Wiseman) wrote a song about a lifeboat disaster and sang it often around 1979-80 at least. If anybody has the lyrics or better still a recording of her singing it, I'd be very grateful.

I believe it was based on a true incident in which more lifeboat men were drowned than sailors rescued ("a strange kind of bargain", the song observed). The chorus went something very like this:

"If the sea wants you, she'll have you
Don't be afraid lads, you'll feel no pain
It's only the women who hurt, they can't choose
Which men go out, and which come back again."

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anne Wiseman's lifeboat tragedy song
From: GUEST,Jerry Crossley
Date: 08 Aug 17 - 11:01 AM

Sounds like the loss of the Solomon Browne lifeboat from Penlee in Cornwall, but that was Christmas 1981. I think the number of crew lost, eight, was the same as from the stricken vessel though, because that Captain had his wife and kids with him on the ship.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Anne Wiseman's lifeboat tragedy song
From: Steve Jones
Date: 09 Aug 17 - 08:54 AM

This song definitely predated 1981. It is one of a several by Anne for which lyrics and recordings are being sought for inclusion on this page about her music: http://www.owlydave.info/?page_id=362


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