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Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?

GUEST,Knappo 19 Jul 01 - 12:57 PM
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Charley Noble 19 Jul 01 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,knappo 19 Jul 01 - 02:40 PM
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Subject: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Knappo
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 12:57 PM

Hi folks, I'm looking to see if anyone knows of a nonsense song about being a sailor. It's a bit of a rousing tune. I heard it this morn on a radio station but didn't catch name and the programmer left the station before I could ask him. Thanks to all... Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: nutty
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 01:06 PM

Without further onformation, it's difficult to pinpoint which one it might be but try this:-

BEN BACKSTAY


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 01:07 PM

Need more hints. Where did you hear this and do you remember any lines?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,knappo
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 02:40 PM

Oh, so I wasn't vague enough for ya huh? Well let me see...there was a line about the guy and his sisters being only children... There! Hmmmm... looks pretty hopeless I guess now that I looks at it. I was half asleep when I heard it; like a dream, the later in the day it gets the less I can remember. But I'd know it if I saw/heard it. Oh well, thanks anyway. Another tune narrowly missed. Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 05:27 PM

Don't suppose it was "Thirty Dirty Sailors", about the kid who didn't want to go to sea until his mother gave him the choice of summer school or being aboard a ship with a bunch of dirty sailors who would teach him to sing sea shanties, dance hornpipes and climb the rigging.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Knappo
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 12:15 PM

Charley- Ah, no. But it sounds like a good one. I think I'll just let this thread die nice and peaceful. Thanks for your help though. Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 12:21 PM

wait a minute - it sounds like one of Tinker's....did it have lots of silly stuff in it - like hunting for whales with lead balloons?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Jacob B
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 12:53 PM

Then there's "The Captain's Shanty" which has a chorus of:

Limes, scurvy, ambergris and marmalade
Hoist the petard and we'll haul away the bully boys
Limes, scurvy, ambergris and blubber
We're bound for Cincinnati

And a refrain line of:

Yo ho ho, and a ruddy bum bum


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 12:56 PM

Did it have a chorus like: Heave Ho the anchor, I'm happy as can be, for a sailor brave on the ocean wave is the only life for me?

I'm going to work soon, and won't be home till after midnight, New Jersey time. If this is the song you're after, I'll finish the lyrics on Saturday.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 12:56 PM

Jocob - you wouldn't happen to have the music for the Captain's Shanty, now would you?? it's one of "The missing tunes"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 06:14 PM

While we're digressing, Jacob, are there more words after "Heave! Heave!" in the DT version of Captain's Shanty:

Fifteen years and we haven't seen a shore leave
Heave! Heave!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 01:01 AM

A capital ship for an ocean trip was the Walopping Window Blind.

No breeze that blew dismayed her crew or troubled the captain's mind

The man at the wheel was made to feel contempt for the strongest blow

Though it oft appeared, when the gale had cleared, he'd been sick in his bunk below.

It's blow you wind hi-ho Asailing we will go We'll stay no maore on England's shore So let the music play

We're off on the morning train To cross the raging main I'm off to my love with a boxing glove Ten thousand miles away.

There's more (of course)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Knappo
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 07:17 AM

MMario: YEAH, That sounds just like it! All kinds of crazy stuff in it. Do you recall the name perhaps and might it be in the DT?

Thanks to everyone else for your input. You were all wonderful, wonderful contestants but I think we may have a winner. Please be ready to play Obscure Song Search next time.

Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 09:15 AM

Knappo - I'll have to dig up my tape and try to transcribe it...I can't remember the title - but it is a nice peppy and funny song. worth doing even if it isn't the correct one.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:00 PM

Well, while we're waiting I guess I'll just tap my compass rose on the rail and take another bearing.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:07 PM

don't hold your breath, charley, I have to find the bloody tape...and since I suspect it is in my car - that may take a while. Ask anyone who has seen my car.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:19 PM

Well, we might as well lift up the top sheet and spanker.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 03:38 PM

The bosn's mate was very sedate,
He would stand at the after rail....

Etc.,....

Don't get me started!!

A


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 05:37 PM

You're right, Amos, no need to go overboard with this.;-)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SEA, THE SEA (Brian Leo)
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 09:11 PM

I *think* I've got the title correct –
Curly brackets indicate 2nd voice/response

THE SEA, THE SEA
(Brian Leo)

On a fine October day in the lovely month of May
I was squinting through the sunlight
Just to watch the raindrops play
'Twas the day I left me home
that dear place I'd never known
As with 30 friends I started off alone
Well me schooling was all done
So as silent as a gun
I slipped out and head off to westward
Towards the rising summer sun
I was running off to sea, there a farmer for to be
Whilst me Dad and widowed mother sang a tune.
They sang…

The sea! {the sea!} the sea !{the sea!}
The adventuring life for me {Yo ho!}
Where never you find a day of tears or sorrow!
{Follow me boys!}
The sea! {the sea!} the sea !{the sea!}
A better place to be {Yo ho!}
I'll never return to shore before tomorrow! {YO!}


As an able bodied man, I signed on with Captain Dan
Who was hunting for the whale-fish
In the mountains of Japan
Well our ship had no harpoons
So we used our wooden spoons,
And our bait dropped from an iron clad balloon
Well ode day I got me wish,
And I hooked that giant fish
And I flipped him o'er me shoulder
On the Captain's supper dish
Well the captain tapped a keg, as he tore me off a leg
And we sang beneath the blistering April moon.
We sang…

chorus:

In a pub in Tokyo, where the river Shannon flows,
I bid Captain Dan "Aloha", it was time for me to go
Well he smiled, and said "me boy,
Here's a gift you should enjoy."
His own broadsword made of finest Kerner (?) oil.
Then we parted without tears,
After 57 years
And I rode away to Ireland in an hour and a year
There me mum and sisters three,
Each an only child like me
Danced a jig while Father strummed his old bassoon
We sang…

chorus x2


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Subject: ADD:THE SEA,THE SEA
From: MMario
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 09:12 PM

Dang! forgot the "ADD:" in the subject!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 08:42 AM

Thanks, Mario.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 08:45 AM

wish I could transcribe by ear....this is a fun song.

now - what was that about "Thirty Dirty Sailors"?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Jacob B
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:06 AM

I might be able to give you the music for The Captain's Shanty if I got a MIDI compatible keyboard and a program to notate from it, or learned ABC notation, but those are both things I've been meaning to do for a long time. I don't know when or if either of them will actually happen.

And Charley, I distinctly remember there being a verse with a second line that contained just the two words, "Heave, heave!" While singing it, the singer must clutch at his stomach and look ill, or its meaning will be lost.

So why was the bosun's mate standing at the after rail?

Jacob


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:15 AM

Jacob - anvil studio (which can be downloaded) has a keyboard you can click on and it creates a midi for you. if you could get a midi - I can produce miditxt and abc from it to post to thread.

Midi does NOT require a midi instrument in order to be produced.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Amos
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:34 AM

..To fire salutes,
With the Captain's boots
At the teeth of the booming gale.
ANd the cook was Dutch, and behaved as such
For the dinner that he served the creeeew
Was a number of tons
Of hot cross buns
Served up with sugar and glue!!

So blow ye winds high-ho!
'Tis sailing I will go!
I'll stay nio more on England's shore,
So let the music play!
I'm off on the morning train
To cross the raging main!
I'm off to my love,
With a boxing glove,
Ten thousand miles away!!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,knappo
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 12:25 PM

MMario - Yup, that's it. Thank you very much!! It is simply amazing to me the tunes that are out there and that someone can actually locate a seemingly obscure tune so damn fast. Thank you again. Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 12:35 PM

Another happy soul!

Mario, "Thirty Dirty Sailors" is a song that Naemanson dug up somewhere. Maybe he'll tune in and post it and save me the trouble of re-typing it. If not, I will comply.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 12:44 PM

knappo/Tom - okay - since that is the song...I'm curious.

Where are you located and what station did you hear it on?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 01:35 PM

The song you're looking for is in the DIGITRAD under,"A Captial Ship" It is the second page of the song that it was a parody of, "Ten Thousand Miles Away" Here's one case where the Parody is remembered long after the original song was. It also has the melody.

Regards, Jody Gibson

The line in the chorus that goes<,I'M OFF ON THE MORNING TRAIN TO CROSS THE RAGING MAIN" just begged for a parody and it got a classic one. There're more lyrics to "A Capital Ship" in the data base than I know or even heard of.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THIRTY DIRTY SAILORS
From: Naemanson
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 02:01 PM

Hi MMario, here are the words to Thirty Dirty Sailors. I think it is a Dillon Bustin song but I'll have to double check that.

My father is the captain of a sailing ship,
A whaling ship, he takes long trips,
And he asked me and my mother if we'd like to see,
Hawaii, in the Southern seas,
And I said, What would I do?
All alone on ship with Mother and you and,

Chorus:
Thirty dirty sailors all telling me tales,
Thirty bloody sailors just a scarphing out the whales.

My mother said to we could take a book,
A writing book is all it took,
And in it I could write a little every day
Along the way of what I had to say.
And I said, What would I do?
All alone on ship with Father and you and,

Chorus:
Thirty dirty sailors all telling me tales,
Thirty bloody sailors just a scarphing out the whales.

My father said to that we'd have fun indeed,
Collect seaweed, learn to read,
And listen to Hawaiian children play guitar,
Under southern stars in the oceans far.
And I said, What would I do?
All alone on ship with Mother and you and,

Chorus:
Thirty dirty sailors all telling me tales,
Thirty bloody sailors just a scarphing out the whales.

My mother said to me if I would rather stay down
in Edgartown I could sit around
and listen to the teachers in the public schools
memorize their rules on a straight back stool.

And I said, There'll be plenty to do!
All alone on ship with Mother and you and,

Chorus:
Thirty dirty sailors all telling me tales,
Thirty bloody sailors just a scarphing out the whales.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 02:08 PM

sorry Cranky - the lyrics from "A Capitol Ship" are thread-muzak....


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CAPITAL SHIP
From: Edmund
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 05:44 PM

http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/fineprint.html


A capital ship For an ocean trip
Was the Walloping Window Blind.
No wind that blew Dismayed her crew
Or troubled the cap - tain's mind.
The man at the wheel Was made to feel
Contempt for the wildest blow -ow -ow
Tho' it often appeared when the gale had cleared,
That he'd been in his bunk be - low.

Chorus

Then blow, ye winds, Heigh-ho!
A - rov - ing I will go!
I'll stay no more on Eng - land's shore,
So let the music play-ay-ay!
I'm off for the morning train!
I'll cross the raging main!
I'm off to my love with a boxing glove
Ten thousand miles away!

The bo' swain's mate Was very sedate
Yet fond of amusement too;
He played hopscotch With the starboard watch
While the captain, he tickled the crew,
And the gunner we had Was apparently mad,
For he sat on the after rai-ai-ail,
And fired salutes With the captain's boots,
In the teeth of the blooming gale!

CHORUS

The captain sat on the commodore's hat
And dined in a royal way,
Off toasted pigs And pickles and figs
And gunnery bread each day.
And the cook was Dutch, And behaved as such,
For the diet he gave the crew-ew-ew
Was a number of tons Of hot cross buns
Served up with sugar and glue.

CHORUS

All nautical pride We laid aside,
And we ran the vessel ashore
On the Gulliby Isles Where the poo-poo smiles,
And the rubbly updugs roar.
And we set on the edge Of a sandy ledge
And shot at the whistling bee-ee-ee;
And the cinnamon bats Wore waterproof hats
As they dipped in the shiny sea.

CHORUS

On rugbug bark, From morn till dark,
We dined till we all had grown
Uncommonly shrunk When a Chinese junk
Came up from the Torriby Zone.
She was chubby and square, But we didnt't much care
So we cheerily put to sea-ea-ea;
And we left all the crew Of the junk to chew
On the bark of the rugbug tree.

CHORUS

I didn't clean up the capitalization in the lines, but you get the idea.
My sister used to sing this 60 years ago and I never knew if she loved it or was just the only one to have memorized all of the lines ...... Enjoy .... Edmund



Click for Digital Tradition Version, attributed to Charles Edward Carryl.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Gareth
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 06:55 PM

On the other hand there is Paddy West (DT)

Or listen in as the lamps swing in any ungentile Yacht Club, or the "Ship at Hollow Shore" on Barge Match Night.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 10:42 PM

Ah yes Edmund! I learned that from Herb Jager whilst on a water voyage with the San Francisco Folk Music Club back in '75.We "floated" down the Sacramento River in three (I think) large rafts and the order of the day was to play ONLY songs which had some relation to H2O. It was a fine time. We got sun bruned, stopped at riverfront parks in various towns along the way and gave impromptu "concerts", ate like kings and in general blissed out by the time we reached Sacramento.

I got pictures of that voyage. If I could ever figure this out I'll scan them and post them some how. If anyone is interested, that is.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,knappo
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:09 PM

MMario: I live in Connecticut, USA. The station I heard the tune on is WPKN 89.5 FM out of Bridgeport, CT. Never know what the hell I'm likely to hear on that station. Cheers, Tom


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: MMario
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 08:24 AM

Thanks - I just thought I'd drop Brian a note and thought he'd like to hear where he was getting airtime...


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Subject: Lyr Add: A SAILOR'S YARN
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 09:15 AM

Here's more nonsense which deserves to be spread around; I've posted this in another thread and some day it will find its way into the DT. Sounds nice with a concertina.

A SAILOR'S YARN

(From A Nonsense Anthology Poem by J. J Roche, Circa 1890. Adapted by Charlie Ipcar, ©1993 Tune: loosely after Whup Jamboree)
As narrated by the second mate to one of the marines

This is the tale 'twas told to me,
By a battered and shattered son of the sea:
To me and my messmate, Silas Green,
When I was a guileless young marine.(spoken)

Em-------D---Em--------G-------D
'Twas on the good ship Fly-ing Fish
----Em—----D------Bm
All in the Chi-na Seas;
---------Em----------------------D---Em
With the wind a-lee, and the cap-stan free,
---Bm-----------D-Bm
We set sail for Ca-diz,
--------Em-------Bm--Em
Yes, we set sail for Ca-diz(refrain).

Said Captain Poggie on the deck
To the Mate on the mizzen hatch,
"How heads our gallant ship tonight?
Shall we wind the larboard watch?"...

The mate drew forth his compass rose
And tapped it on the rail,
"Why, she heads to the E. S. W. by N.
In the teeth of a raging gale."...

"Then, fly aloft to the royal top yard
And reef that spanker boom,
Bend a studding sail to the martingale
To give her weather room."...

"Pray, bosun, down in the for'ard hold,
What water do you show?"
"Four foot and a half by the royal gaff
And rather more below."...

"Then, sailors, collar your marline spikes
And roll each belaying pin;
Come, stir your stumps to spike the pumps,
Or more will be coming in."...

They stirred their stumps, they spiked the pumps,
They spliced the mizzen brace;
Aloft and alow they worked, but, oh!
The water gained apace...

They bored a hole beneath her line
To let the water out,
But more and more with an awful roar,
The water in did spout...

Then up spoke the cook of our gallant ship –
And he was a lubber brave –
"I've several wives in various ports,
And me bacon I would save."...

The next to speak was our bosun bold,
Who feared neither fish nor fog –
"'Tis dreadful to die, but 'tis worse to go dry,
And I move we pipes to grog."...

The last to speak was our second mate,
Whose courage was second to none –
"Takes more than lip to save a ship,
I'll show you how 'tis done!"...

Then hoisting the anchor upon his back,
He leapt into the main;
Through foam and spray he clove his way,
And sunk and rose again...

Through foam and spray, a league away,
The anchor stout he bore,
Till safe at last, he made it fast,
And warped the ship ashore!
Yes, he warped the ship ashore!

Ay, this is the tale 'twas told to me,
By that modest and truthful son of the sea;
And I envy the life of a second mate,
Though captains curse him and the sailors hate;
For he ain't like some of the swabs I've seen
Who'd go and lie to a poor marine. (spoken)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Jul 01 - 09:19 AM

Damn! You just can't nail them chords.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 09:44 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 12:13 AM

The author of A Capital Ship is Carroll (sp?)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: LadyJean
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 01:24 AM

From my youth:
A sailor went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
But all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea.

A sailor went to um washy wash
to see what he could um washy wash
But all that he could um washy wash
was the bottom of the deep blue um washy wash.

There were gestures to go with the song.
there's a mudcat thread on "Walloping Window Blind". Check that out.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Flash Company
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 06:11 AM

I saw a children's choir once do a song, with actions,

When I was one, I beat a drum,
And then I went to sea.
I signed aboard a pirate ship,
And the Pirate said to me-
He said, you're up you're down, you're round and round,
You're over the Irish Sea,
A bottle of rum to fill my tum
And thats the life for me!

Went on to 'When I was Two' and 'When I was Three',
anybody know it?

FC


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Snuffy
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 09:06 AM

Looks like it is quite wll known FC. Look Here, Here, Here, and Here.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: HuwG
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 04:25 PM

From The Curragh Sons, based in Glossop, UK. (Author probably Mike Revell)

The Pressganged Rocker


[Am]I was crawling along the dockside
With a [G]barrowful inside
Saw the ghost of Elvis
Take Gene [Am]Vincent for a ride
I woke up in the morning
I was [G]looking for the band
Well, damn my eyes, to my surprise
[Am]I had been pressganged
To the sea, to the [G]sea, to the sea, oh [Am]pity me !

Well, I said a prayer to Neptune
That he might save my soul
Said a prayer to Elvis
To save my rock and roll
I looked out of the porthole
Saw the raging gale
Crossed myself, sh*t myself ...
Then the boat set sail
On the sea, on the sea, on the sea, oh pity me !

Well, I hoisted up the mainsail
Then I swabbed the decks
My DA is hanging
In a pigtail round my neck
Those sailors are not rocking boys
But still they loved to dance
With a hey! and a ho ! and a Bobby Shaftoe
I had to take my chance
On the sea, on the sea, on the sea, oh pity me !

Well the boat it was the grimmest
That ever set to sea
It rocked by day, it rolled by night
It had it in for me
Off far into the oceans
With a dog and a thousand men
I prayed each night that I just might
See dry land again
From the sea, from the sea, from the sea, oh pity me !

Hooray, up she rises
Hooray, up she rises
Hooray, up she rises
Ear-lie in the morning !


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 04:31 PM

What an inspiring addition to this thread! Thanks.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Jack G
Date: 01 Oct 10 - 12:09 PM

As a child I learned, and performed for company, a nonsense song from my mother. I only remember bits and pieces of it...

"As we sailed under London Bridge the rain began to snow, the ship tripped over a candlestick and then it couldn't go...the Captain was a sailor who never seen sea before but knew as much of the old ship as the knob on the cabin door...they wrapped me up in a table cloth and put me into the boiler and left me there to boil, as I was boiling they were singing all the while..."


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 01 Oct 10 - 08:23 PM

Another thread that ninety-nine naughty Norns couldn't hope to top.
Now I want to learn all of these....
In time for a pirate party on the 16th.
Dang!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Tinker in Chicago
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 05:24 PM

OK, so I'm a couple of years late, but I finally noticed this.

Thanks, MMario, for listing my lyrics to "The Sea." A couiple of small corrections, though. It's "Tell 'em, me boy" instead of "Follow me, boys" and the captain's broadsword is made of finest "corduroy." A classy guy, that captain.

I found a performance of my song on YouTube done by a little girl and, apparently, her daddy. Seemed to be for a grammar (primary) school show. That's kinda sweet for a songwriter to find.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:23 PM

I'll try to find "Ee-lee-ay-lee-o", one to the effect that we "reefed the cable chain, threw the cargo overboard and hauled it back again," and "with the crew in the hatch, the ship struck a match", etc. That's just the chorus.... The instructive verses detail such things as "you can see I am a sailor 'cause I wear a sailor hat; six times I have been shipwrecked and found drowned."


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 02:46 AM

Seonaid,

That is called "The Fish & Chip Ship" and you can hear Bob Roberts singing it here


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Subject: ADD: The Fish and Chip Ship
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Nov 13 - 03:46 AM

My friends Dick Holdstock and Allan MacLeod do this one, with Dick doing very demonstrative hand motions. As far as I can tell it comes from the singing of Bob Roberts, recorded by Tony Engle and Tony Russell in the singer's home, Ryde, Isle of Wight, August 1977. It's track 20 on Voice of the People 2: My Ship Shall Sail the Ocean: Songs of tempest & sea battles, sailor lads & fishermen. These lyrics are from the Voice of the People CD booklet.

THE FISH AND CHIP SHIP

Take the wax out of your ears, and listen to my song.
It's a story of the sea I would recount,
For I'm a sailor you can tell by my old fresh water smell.
Many a time have been shipwrecked, lost and found.

CHORUS:
Singing, lower your funnel; stop your ship; reave your anchor chain;
Heave the main deck overboard and haul it back again;
Oh, trice your lifeboats up aloft. The stormy winds do blow.
Cook of the watch. Ship struck a match.
Heave, away-voh.

'Twas on a four-wheeled craft silver-plated lore and aft,
With a cargo of fried fish we did embark,
But we hadn't been long at sea before we struck a Christmas tree,
And we all fell down the coal hole in the dark.
CHORUS

Now, while cruising round the lake, we'd a marvellous escape,
When the wind blew off the skipper's wooden leg.
So to air our our care and woe, we all went down below,
And all got drunk on drinking engine oil,
And as we lay there drunk, so the good old ship she sunk,
And we all rushed up on deck to see the fun.
Then with the cargo on our backs for the shore we all made tracks,
And we went and dried our whiskers in The Sun.
CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEAVE, YO HO
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Nov 13 - 10:02 AM

Amazing that this thread should re-appear just now.

Just last week I was asked what I knew about a song that someone had sung at school in Essex in the early 1980s. They called it 'Heave yo ho!', but had established that it shared some verses with The Canal Boat Song, collected from a London Docker by Peter Kennedy, and published in Jon Raven's Canal Songs. I was able to point them in the direction of The Fish & Chip Ship to make a trio of variants.

HEAVE, YO HO
Now all ye sailors gather round and listen to my yarn
You will hear the sober truth or strike me dumb
I'm a sailor you can tell, by the [nice?] salt water smell
Of tar and silt and engine oil and rum, oil and rum, so...

Lower the funnel, stop the ship Reef the anchor chain
Heave the capstan overboard And haul it back again
Trice the lifeboats up aloft The stormy winds do blow-ow
Box the compass, swing the lead Sing Heave Yo Ho!


When sailing north of Greenland once We thought we'd hit the pole
But what it was we really couldn't care
For the crew had all been drinking And declared the ship was sinking
When all we'd done was ram a polar bear, polar bear, so...

Lower the funnel, stop the ship Reef the anchor chain
Heave the capstan overboard And haul it back again
Trice the lifeboats up aloft The stormy winds do blow-ow
Box the compass, swing the lead Sing Heave Yo Ho!


Then one day off the horn aboard The good ship All Forlorn
Now listen very carefully I beg
For the main mast split in two [sang slowly and sadly] As it often used to do
[sang heartily!] So we spliced it with the bosun's wooden leg, wooden leg, so...

Lower the funnel, stop the ship Reef the anchor chain
Heave the capstan overboard And haul it back again
Trice the lifeboats up aloft The stormy winds do blow-ow
Box the compass, swing the lead,
Paint the rudder green and red
In a big typhoon I fear we're caught,
To abandon ship I think we ought
Singing heave yo ho!!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Nonsense song about being a sailor?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 14 - 01:22 PM

My grandfather used to sing what you've called the to us when we were little kids back in the 50's. Apparently he picked it up in a music hall in England while on leave during WWI


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