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Lyr Req: I am Captain O'Rourke, I am

GUEST,Patrick N 19 Jun 22 - 08:55 PM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Jun 22 - 03:19 AM
GUEST,Patrick N 20 Jun 22 - 10:38 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Jun 22 - 05:30 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I am Captain O'Rourke, I am
From: GUEST,Patrick N
Date: 19 Jun 22 - 08:55 PM

A while ago, someone came to a group sing with a silly tune about an incompetent ship's captain. He hasn't showed up since, so I can't ask him, and Google hasn't helped.

The verses get gradually more ridiculous; first, he knocks over his ship's mast and it sinks. Then, he goes to sea in a colander and sinks. Finally, he pulls a cork out of Ireland and the whole island sinks.

The chorus went like:

Fiddlee rink-a-dink-a-doo-rye-am,
I am Captain O'Rourke, I am
Don't go hailing, when I'm sailing
I am a fine ship's captain


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I am Captain O'Rourke, I am
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Jun 22 - 03:19 AM

it's sung around Sydney shanty sessions, if you're on facebook you could ask Redfern Shanty Club otherwise I'll email a member, then we can post them & everyone can enjoy the silliness.

sandra

hailing? bailing would be a better fit ... I can't remember what I sing, see motto of Shanty Club - if you don't know the words, SING LOUDER.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I am Captain O'Rourke, I am
From: GUEST,Patrick N
Date: 20 Jun 22 - 10:38 AM

Thank you Sandra, I sent them a message.

I could be wrong about 'hailing'- I only heard it the once. I figured it meant something like "Don't go hailing" = don't come near me to say hello, this ship's going down.

Could have been failing, bailing, whaling... who knows!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I am Captain O'Rourke, I am
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Jun 22 - 05:30 PM

anything is possible in that song!


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