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Lyric Correction: Henry Martin

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HENRY MARTIN


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Edmund Flynn (inactive) 21 Apr 00 - 11:22 PM
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Lesley N. 22 Apr 00 - 07:40 AM
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Edmund Flynn (inactive) 23 Apr 00 - 10:07 AM
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Subject: Henry Martin Again
From: Edmund Flynn (inactive)
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 11:22 PM

FIRST: Thanks to all who helped me figure out some chords. My version is not as mind boggeling as that of Richard Bridge but he inspired me to persevere. Thanks Richard!

SECOND: Lyrics correction--- Digitrack version.. 6th verse .. says 'BAIL up your mizzen' But I think this must be 'BRAIL' up your mizzen. Check your dictionary under 'brail' and you will see.

THIRD Lyrics request --- the last line of the next to last verse cannot possibly be right (... the salt sea) ... it doesn't fit the music or even make sense. Anyone have any idea how it really goes?

Thanks again for your help ... Edmund


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Song Dog
Date: 22 Apr 00 - 12:32 AM

EDMUND, you are right on "brail up your mizzen". Ive been singing "Henry Martin" for many years now. On the other, it is " salt sea" It goes; goes


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Song Dog
Date: 22 Apr 00 - 12:54 AM

Edmund, you are right on your second statement. It is supposed to be; " Brail up your mizzen." Iv'e been singing this one for many years and all my song books on "Henry Martin" support this. On your third part, it is ;"salt sea. It goes; " For I have turned robber all on the salt sea,the salt sea, the salt sea. For to maintain my two brothers and me." You are right about the words not fitting the rythem, but if you sing the words; "the salt" as one word it will fit better. try it .


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Lesley N.
Date: 22 Apr 00 - 07:40 AM

I have the lyrics with midi in the background at Henry Martin (http://www.contemplator.com/folk3/hmartin.html). You could check that for "singing along" with the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Edmund Flynn (inactive)
Date: 22 Apr 00 - 05:30 PM

Thanks Leslie N for the lyrics .. which differ only a bit from those in DigiTrad.

My question concerns the last line in the next to last verse given in the DigiTrad version, which appears as:

The rich merchant was wounded full sore

Straight to the bottom went she

And Henry Martin sailed away, sailed away, sailed away

"... ON THE SALT SEA."

I suppose I could assume the prerogative of any baladeer and rejigger the line to suit my taste, but it would be nice to know what my predecessor really had in mind.

What do you think, Big Dog? How do you sing it? Or anybody else, please. Edmund


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Song Dog
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 05:43 AM

Edmund, I think that the one in DigiTrad is badly flawed. There has to be some words missing. I dont see how you could sing it like that. I sing it almost word for word like the lyrics Leslie N gave you. I want to correct myself from before. My Burl Ives song book says; "bow down your mizzen", instead of "brail up your mizzen". Which fits his style just fine I think. All my other copies say; "brail up". "BTW" when I say "Badly Flawed" I mean that as an observation, not a criticism.


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Edmund Flynn (inactive)
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 10:07 AM

Thanks, Big Dog ... but I kind of like that 'heavily listing to starboard' business. I'll figure out a way to keep that in.

Come to think of it, that Henry Martin was a lousy pirate if he sank the ship forthwith ... sounds like there was no time to snatch the loot before it sank.

But then he probably wasn't the first and surely not the last baddie to bungle the job.


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Subject: RE: Henry Martin Again
From: Song Dog
Date: 24 Apr 00 - 03:51 AM

Edmund, I think I figured it out on Henry Martin. I thinksome lines are mixed up in the 7th & 8th verses. I think it should go like this, "With broadside and broadside and at it they went for fully two hours or three, Till Henry Martin gave to her the death shot, the death shot,the death shot. Heavely listing to starboard went she. The rich merchant vessel was wounded full score, Straight to the bottom went she, And Henry Martin sailed away, sailed away, sailed away, On the salt sea,salt sea, salt sea. Try this way, I think you will like it. *LOL*


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