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Please help me ID this song (Blow, Liza, Blow)

GUEST,Annick 22 May 18 - 06:31 AM
Jim Carroll 22 May 18 - 07:34 AM
Iains 22 May 18 - 07:42 AM
GUEST,Annick 22 May 18 - 07:54 AM
FreddyHeadey 22 May 18 - 08:14 AM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 22 May 18 - 11:01 AM
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Subject: Please help me identify this song
From: GUEST,Annick
Date: 22 May 18 - 06:31 AM

Hello !
I've been reading this forum for some time now, but it is the first time I post something.

I have a recording of a song I like very much, but my level of English is not good enough to make out the words, which makes researching background information difficult. Maybe you can help me :-)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uwaWmd2Aq3L3Z-FnFKKs66D2CKhfSaDs

I guess it is some kind of work song?

(and yes, I joined in the chorus without having the slightest idea of what I was saying)


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Subject: RE: Please help me identify this song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 22 May 18 - 07:34 AM

"Blow 'Liza Blow" maybe


        
Blow, Liza, Blow
Folk Song
Traditional Bahamian Song c. 1935
Chorus
This is the winter,
Every spring and summer,
We need another jolly boy,
To lead this cable over.

Blow Liza blow, (now)
Blow dear Liza blow,
Blow Liza, blow Liza,
Blow Liza blow.

Tell you ?bout my Liza,
That’s a tough-lookin’ woman.
That Liza, she’s blowin’ forever,
Blow Liza blow. (Chorus)

You know what I’m tryin’ to,
Love you Liza, tell you true.
I’ve got the woman I’m gonna love,
Blow Liza Blow.

Callin’ you Liza,
Three pairs and three mates.
One jolly man come back alive,
Blow Liza blow. (Chorus)

Sometimes, people on the land,
Just trouble in mind.
Wind he was mad and called his grip,
Blow Liza blow

Some was workin,’
To the land to him.
Before the high wind strike,
Blow Liza blow.

Up sails,
Try to bring it ?round.
One of them fall right over,
Blow Liza blow. (Chorus)

I got time,
I better dance these girls in town.
People in town just trouble in mind,
Blow Liza blow.

I got time, now all right,
People in the boat.
Turn the yard up to port,
Blow Liza blow.

Now the men calling
Who made ?em in, eh?
All those callin’, ?Who come back, hey??
Blow Liza blow. (Chorus)

No more today,
Tellin’ the tale.
I didn’t see them, I just come back, me,
Blow Liza blow.

I got time,
People swallowed up on the ocean.
I could hear some people cry,
Blow Liza blow.

Tell you,
That boy way young to die.
That’s the word his woman cry’n,
Blow Liza blow.

(Chorus)
This is the winter,
Every spring and summer,
We need another jolly boy,
To lead this cable over.

Now this is the winter,
Commence the spring and summer.
Now we need another jolly boy,
To lead this cable over.

Oh that storm,
That wonderful storm.
Blow Liza, blow Liza, blow Liza, blow.

Oh that storm,
Going to make the men alone.
And that storm will blow today,
Blow Liza blow.


A song from the Bahamas where the sponge fisherman battle the storms every spring and summer which results in losing yet another jolly boy. We have a surplus of jolly boys ourselves and will be donating one soon. -
Gina Dalby.

I QUITE LIKE THIS RENDITION

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Please help me identify this song
From: Iains
Date: 22 May 18 - 07:42 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feikGiCCeXc

Blow Lisa Blow
A storm that blows in the Bahamas once a year, bringing in sponges that young lads collect. Some get washed overboard so always looking for more young men.


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Subject: RE: Please help me identify this song
From: GUEST,Annick
Date: 22 May 18 - 07:54 AM

Thank you so much!! And thanks for the links, that lead singer is great!


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Subject: RE: Please help me identify this song
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 22 May 18 - 08:14 AM

Good song, thanks.


& Craig Edwards again, with Rick Spencer & Geoff Kaufman, 2013
https://youtu.be/d0pzHqcnoIY


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Subject: RE: Please help me ID this song (Blow, Liza, Blow)
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 22 May 18 - 11:01 AM

Like the "bulgine," "Liza" (aka - Li'l Liza Jane) was a recurring theme in both American minstrelsy and nautical song nonsense. Lots of references on Mudcat.

Oddly enough, I think Blow the Man Down also made a bit of a pop culture comeback not too long before this one came out.

PS: "Blow" was also half of minstrely's "tableau" - "tab blow" routine. A Good deal less popular than the Liza bit though.


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