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Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)

GUEST,mudweasel 22 Aug 01 - 03:09 PM
MMario 22 Aug 01 - 03:20 PM
Charley Noble 22 Aug 01 - 03:22 PM
MMario 22 Aug 01 - 03:37 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 22 Aug 01 - 03:42 PM
radriano 22 Aug 01 - 03:46 PM
Charley Noble 22 Aug 01 - 04:37 PM
GUEST,Mudweasel 22 Aug 01 - 05:00 PM
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ChanteyMatt 22 Aug 01 - 05:05 PM
Charley Noble 22 Aug 01 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,Mudweasel 22 Aug 01 - 05:50 PM
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Subject: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST,mudweasel
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:09 PM

So, there's this sea chanty which I have only ever heard performed by one of those college a-capella groups, nad I like it a lot (even figured out chords etc.

Anyhow, I'm wondering whether it's traditional, or whether somebody wrote it recently.

Starts like this:

When sea was worth me trustin' and me youth was on me side I met a pretty lass I hoped i'd ask to be my bride

I can type up the whole thing if folks are interested. Anyone heard this before?

-Mudweasel


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: MMario
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:20 PM

I don't recognize it, nor can I find anything on the web. Why don't you post some more and see if anyone else does.

It sounds like it may be a "song of the sea" rather then a sea shanty. Or is there a call and response section after the first couple lines?


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:22 PM

Doesn't sound familar to me. Have you tried to search for "lines" in the Digital Tradition archieves?


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: MMario
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:37 PM

Charlie - I did; no luck.


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:42 PM

Mudweasel, I agree, please type this in. I certainly don't recognize it as one I've seen recently. I'll double check some of the shanty sites later when I get home.


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: radriano
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:46 PM

Mudweasel, please post all the lyrics. I don't recongnize the fragment you posted but I think I agree with MMario about it probably being a sea song rather than a shanty.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 04:37 PM

Yes, Mudweasel, please throw us some more chum.;-)


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST,Mudweasel
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:00 PM

First of all, you're right, It's not a chantey proper, but it does have that sort of a "feel".

Here it is then, please pardon in advance any typos...

When sea was worth me trustin' and me youth was on me side I met a pretty lass I hoped I'd ask to be my bride She like the way I stood me ground, I lvoed but never told her Of my family or my tender age for she was 12 years older

I met her in a bar not far from here what did we do We danced, we wined, we dined, we left, the rest I'll leave to you So as me folks was jiggin' on me ground I took me stand I'll be no man of the ocean, for me girl I'll stay on land

Chorus:

Well the fog horn calls the mornin' off the coast of Newfoundland The ocean gives its warnin while me sea-legs take their stand But me boys you'd find me swimmin If it weren't for love of women I'll plant me down on solid ground and take my lady's hand

Well me dad sailed for king georgie at the dawn of world war 2 He can't recall the story 'course he must have had a few But now he's jiggin' cod me boys off the east coast of cape speare I'll see him next at christmas, or in the coming year

He'll need a helping hand at sea, he hasn't been his best Since my old mother left him (for a better catch I guess) My respects to the royal family, and to me god on high But the rollin' sea don't call to me, this sailor's stayin' dry

Chorus

Well as me luck would have it me poor father got his hand It was the hand I wished to take meself for whom I'd stayed on land Me darlin' took the wild life sea, for she was unemployed And left me lack of company, I had once enjoyed

A year went by without her but to her I still stayed true The ocean called no more to me, I'd wait till she was through....

But as foreshadowed once before me luck went to another For me pretty lass came home with daddy's ring, now she's my mother!

Chorus

So that's the whole of it. Anyone heard this before? It's areally fun song to sing and play, fairly simple G/C/D thing going on with the chords.

-Mudweasel


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST,Mudweasel
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:02 PM

The line breaks on that came out just terribly.

Argh.

-Mudweasel


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: ChanteyMatt
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:05 PM

This one has got me stumped as well. Mudweasel, do you have any idea if it's been recorded?


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:44 PM

Well, the reference to World War II definitely takes it out of the Great Age of Sail! We may have to wait for the Newfoundlanders to chime in.


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST,Mudweasel
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:50 PM

I think my lady may own a copy. I'll have to ask her this evening, once I'm home from work. I originally heard it on a home-made mix tape of hers.

-Mudweasel


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 05:53 PM

Three times around & refresh!


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST,Mudweasel
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 07:52 PM

Right... time for a little offline research, and see if I can't jog some memories..

heh.. Funny song, though, wherever it's from.

-Mudweasel


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Subject: RE: Sea Chanty Origin (traditional?)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 12:24 AM

A group called the Heebee-Jeebees has recorded it, its called "Mary-Time Folksong (Dryheave)" and available on Canadian iTunes.


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