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Lyr Add: Wreck off Charleston Bridge (BillyMorris)

MMario 08 May 02 - 03:39 PM
Charley Noble 08 May 02 - 04:54 PM
MMario 08 May 02 - 09:19 PM
Joe Offer 08 May 02 - 10:15 PM
Bob Bolton 09 May 02 - 02:22 AM
Joe Offer 09 May 02 - 02:27 AM
Bob Bolton 09 May 02 - 02:29 AM
Bob Bolton 09 May 02 - 02:37 AM
Charley Noble 09 May 02 - 08:50 AM
MMario 09 May 02 - 08:51 AM
Bob Bolton 09 May 02 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,Bruce Downes, Melbourne Australia 09 May 02 - 09:35 AM
Bob Bolton 09 May 02 - 10:25 PM
Jim Dixon 27 Apr 11 - 12:26 AM
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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: MMario
Date: 08 May 02 - 03:39 PM

WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
(Billy Morris 1867)

'Twas a-bout two thous-and years a-go
On a fine but rain-y day.
A smart young chap nam'd Will-iam Jones,
Was bound for_Aus-tra-li-ay
So_he went on board of_a pen-ny steam-boat
To cross the o_cean main
And_he bid a-dieu to Bos-ton Bar
Like wise to his Sus-an Jane.

sing-ing

fare ye well my Sus-an Dear,
I may nev-er see you more,
Oh my heart's in a com-mo-ti-on
I'm a goin' a-cross the o-ce-an
Where the winds and wa-ters roar


When the ship a-rove off Charles-ton bridge
an _ an-gry storm a-rose
At first the wind it got to words and then it came to blows
Poor Will-iam Jones felt rath-er queer
He look'd as tho' in pain
He thought of_the land where he was born, _
al-so of Sus-an Jane

sigh-ing (etc)

The _ gal-lant Capt-ain rush'd on deck
With _ fren-zy in one eye.
Cried he "Stand by the main jib-boom!"
"My bold brave crew stand by!"

the no-ble crew stood by some time
'Twas use-less it was vain
The storm rag'd wild poor Will-iam dropp'd
A _ tear to Sus-an Jane.

sob-bing (etc)

Will _ rush'd be-low un-to his trunk
and _ o-pened wide the lid
Then kiss'd his sus-an's por-trait twice
(He kiss'd it twice he did!)
The capt-ain hailed a pass-ing barge
for ass-is-tance all_in vain
For_the ship went down with crew and will
who _ love'd fair Sus-an Jane.

gurg-ling (etc)

When the news was broke to Sus-an how
Her _ Will-iam had been drown'd
She broke out in the fain-ting fits
Her an-guish knew no bound
Said she with sor-row I'll go mad
Or else I''ll go in-sane!
For I did love my Will-iam and
He lov'd his _ Sus-an Jane

she heard: (etc)

One _ night as Sus-an sat in grief
For the loss of her Will Jones
There came a knock at_the front door bell
Cried she that voice! Them bones!
It was her Will, he was not dead
But had come back a-gain
And vio-lent-ly threw his arms a-round
the neck of sus-an Jane.

sing-ing

No more fare-well Sus-an Dear
for I'll nev-er leave you more
oh My heart's in a com-mo-ti-on
To the dick-ens with the o-ce-an
And the winds and waves that roar


MIDI file: wrecko~1.mid

Timebase: 192

Name: Wreck Off Charleston Bridge
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 May 02 - 04:54 PM

The tears were cascading down my cheeks, eroding new gullies, until I came to the last two verses. Is Willie really back from the dead or is it his ghost - bones? Inquiring minds need to know!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: MMario
Date: 08 May 02 - 09:19 PM

?? Danged if I know - sentimental me says he survived - those more mystical probably would say it was his ghost.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 May 02 - 10:15 PM

Where'd you find the song, MMario?
I take it that's the bridge I walked over to get from downtown Boston to the Charleston Navy Yard. If that's the case, then I guess the wreck was in a fairly-protected part of Boston Harbor. I can e-mail you photos I took from the bridge.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 May 02 - 02:22 AM

G'day MMario (and Charley),

Hmmm ...! Once you get to the ending (and take note of Joe's remark that "I guess the wreck was in a fairly-protected part of Boston Harbor") it starts to remind me of the line of 'spoof' sea-disaster songs ... ones like The Irish Rover or, more inland The Erie Canal.

In Australia we have a few of these and the one that this brings to mind is A Nautical Yarn ... about a Murray River paddlewheeler that runs aground in a storm ... on a sandbank ... and they all walk ashore! The same sort of sudden salvation, with little explanation. I guess that I need to decode the MIDI and hear what the tune sounds like. If it seems to be in the comic genre, then the sudden re-appearance of Willie is just part of the style.

(I can't see A Nautical Yarn in the DT ... I'll do a bit more of a check for threads with an unharvested version ... and maybe post it, if needed.)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 May 02 - 02:27 AM

Bob, are you thinking of A Sailor's Yarn?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 May 02 - 02:29 AM

Er ... G'day again,

Maybe I shouldn't skip the front parts when I'm looking at the Mudcat in a quiet break! I see from the first few stanzas that this is clearly a music hall comic song - much in the style of The Whallopping Window Blind (a parody of 10,000 Miles Away).

I'm afraid I'm more used to the Australian dry style - where you don't telegraph the punches quite so soon in the song! Anyway, I'll have a listen to the tune ... it could be a useful comic spot ... justified by its single reference to sailing for Aus-tra-li-av ... on a penny steamboat!

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 May 02 - 02:37 AM

G'day Joe,

"Bob, are you thinking of A Sailor's Yarn"?"

No ... A Nautical Yarn starts:

I'll sing of a captain who's well known to fame,
An able (or A naval ..) commander, Bill Jinks was his name.
He sailed where the Murray's clear water did flow,
Did this freshwater shellback, with his Yo-Heave-I-O!

This goes to either the tune of Willikins and his Dinah (aka Sweet Betsy From Pike in the US or Dinki Di! in Australian military circles) or a lugubrious minor tune name The Dreadnaught. I'll see what is in the file, at home.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 May 02 - 08:50 AM

Bob -

Do dredge up a few more verses to "A Nautical Yarn" and while you're at it you might also post an image of one of them river steam boats.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: MMario
Date: 09 May 02 - 08:51 AM

Joe - I found it in the Levy Sheet Music collection - yes - it's a musichall-ish tune - with a nautical flavour (to me at least)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 May 02 - 09:03 AM

G'day Charley,

I don't seem to have the words lurking anywhere on the computer, so I will have to type them in. I will also geta few pix of the old Murray River steamboats ... I have some old photos in books - and there should be some slides from the last time I spent much time in the riverboat towns (er ... Summer 1983 ...?).

I'll have to e-mail them to you directly, as I have never gotten around to setting up my own web site (I look after the corporate ones during the working day - and this makes playing with my own site look too much like work! [My excuse, anyway!]...)

I can't go and look it up in the library right at the moment - we have a guest (son of a friend up in the Blue Mts ... down in Sydney for a technical training course) sleeping in there - so I'll get it together tomorrow.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTON BRIDGE
From: GUEST,Bruce Downes, Melbourne Australia
Date: 09 May 02 - 09:35 AM

Hi Bob,

I've just had a quick look at my reference books but I cann't find "A Nautical Yarn" but I know I've got a recording of it somewhere.

Bruce


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Subject: ADD: A Nautical Yarn
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 09 May 02 - 10:25 PM

G'day Charley, Joe & Bruce,

Here are the words to A Nautical Yarn. I usually sing a slightly folk-processed set of the words and I have always used the Villikins and his Dinah tune (but given it a slow, mock-sad, rather minor treatment).

These are the the words as they appear in Keighley Goodchild's 1883 poetry book Who Are You ... but critics maintain it is too far removed from his style to be his own compositions ... more likely to have been heard in a pub in the Echuca area.). I have used the original Goodchild form and spellings ... and the chorus, which is sung with the (probably more authentic) Dreadnought tune

I will post this in a separate Lyric thread, complete with the MIDItxt of the <>Dreadnought tune.

A Nautical Yarn

I sing of a capting not unknown to fame,
A naval commander, Bill Jinks was his name,
Who sailed where the Murray's clear waters do flow,
Did this freshwater shellback with his Yeo heave a yeo.
(Derry down, down, down derry down.)

To the port of Wagunyah his vessel was bound
When night comes upon him and darkness around,
Not a star on the waters its clear light did throw,
But the vessel sped onward with a Yeo heave a yeo.

"Oh capting, oh capting, let's make for the shore,
For the winds they do rage and the winds they do roar."
"Nay, nay,' said the capting, "Though the fierce winds may blow,
I'll stick to my vessel with a Yeo heave a yeo."

"Oh capting, oh capting, the waves sweep the deck,
Oh capting, oh capting, we'll soon be a wreck,
To the river's deep bosom each seaman will go"
But the capting laughed lightly with his Yeo heave a yeo."

"Farewell to the maiding, the girl I adore,
Farewell to my friends, I shall see them no more."
The crew shrieked with terror, the capting he swore -
They had stuck on a sandbank, so the men walked ashore.

Charley: I will dig out some pictures of Murray River paddleboats ... and e-mail them to you. The usual design was a fairly small side-wheeler, with a standard traction engine supplying power.

I recently heard that, up north on the Darling River, the other arm of the Murray-Darling system where flow depends on distant monsoon rains up in Queensland, the boats could be stranded without water for months - and some captains would pull out the steam engine and set up a steam sawmill to make money while they waited for it to rain ... a thousand miles away!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


No need for a new thread, Bob - just change the name of the message. I made the change for you.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: WRECK OFF CHARLESTO'N BRIDGE (B Morris)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 12:26 AM

The sheet music can be viewed at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music. (Click for a PDF.)

[The lyrics are only slightly different from those already posted, but I think it's useful to have a copy without all those hyphens; these lyrics will be more easily found with a search engine.]


WRECK OFF CHARLESTO'N BRIDGE
or
WILL JONES AND SUSAN JANE.
Billy Morris
Boston: G.D. Russell & Company, 1867.

1. 'Twas about two thousand years ago
On a fine but rainy day.
A smart young chap named William Jones
Was bound for Australia.
So he went on board of a penny steamboat
To cross the ocean main,
And he bid adieu to Boston Bar,
Likewise to his Susan Jane.

CHORUS: Singing, "Fare ye well, my Susan dear.
I may never see you more.
Oh, my heart's in a commotion;
I'm a-going across the ocean
Where the winds and waters roar."

2. When the ship arove off Charlesto'n bridge,
An angry storm arose.
At first the wind it got to words
And then it came to blows.
Poor William Jones felt rather queer.
(He looked as though in pain.)
He thought of the land where he was born,
Also of Susan Jane.

CHORUS: Sighing, "Fare ye well...."

3. The gallant Captain rushed on deck
With frenzy in one eye.
Cried he, "Stand by the main jib-boom!
My bold brave crew, stand by!"
The noble crew stood by some time.
'Twas useless. It was vain.
The storm raged wild. Poor William dropped
A tear to Susan Jane.

CHORUS: Sobbing, "Fare ye well...."

4. Will rushed below unto his trunk
And opened wide the lid,
Then kissed his Susan's portrait twice.
(He kissed it twice, he did.)
The Captain hailed a passing barge
For assistance, all in vain,
For the ship went down with crew and Will
Who loved fair Susan Jane.

CHORUS: Gurgling, "Fare ye well...."

5. When the news was broke to Susan how
Her William had been drowned,
She broke out all over in fainting fits.
Her anguish knew no bound.
Said she, "With sorrow I'll go mad,
Or else I'll go insane!!
For I did so love my William and
He loved his Susan Jane."

CHORUS: And on parting he said, "Fare ye well...."

6. One night as Susan sat in grief
For the loss of her Will Jones,
There came a knock at the front door bell.
Cried she, "Them voice! That tones!"
It was her Will. He was not dead,
But had come back again,
And violently threw his arms around
The neck of Susan Jane.

CHORUS: Singing, "I'll no more say farewell, Susan dear,
For I'll never leave you more,
My heart's in a commotion.
To the dickens with the ocean,
And the winds and waves that roar."


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