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Lyr Req: The Campanero

Mac Tattie 08 Jun 02 - 05:00 PM
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Subject: The Campanero
From: Mac Tattie
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 05:00 PM

Heard a couple of verses of this song last week from a recording by John Roberts and would like to know more about the song and more verses too. cheers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Campanero
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 05:06 PM

Campanero


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Campanero
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 05:14 PM

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/1791/chile/campana.html
Oh, well.


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Subject: Lyr Add: POETA CAMPANERO (Vittorio Cintolesi)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 07:46 AM

Lyrics copied from http://www.geocities.com/ViennáStrassé1791/chilécampana.html

POETA CAMPANERO
(Vittorio Cintolesi)

Si al pasar te despierto,
Esta canción es campana:
¡soy poeta campanero!

Por los bosques y los puertos,
Minerales y desiertos,
Por los campos y los pueblos,
Soy poeta campanero.
Acompaño en la montaña
El silencio del arriero,
Y en el mar embravecido
Voy cantando al marinero.

En la noche canta el grillo
Por un leño que fue llama,
Y ese leño es la mazorca
Que entre brasas se desgrana;
Cada brasa me acompaña,
Soledades y oraciones,
Y con Dios voy conversando
Y cantando mis canciones.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CAMPAÑERO / THE HANDY BANDY BARQUE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 01:17 PM

From notes to Live from the Dutch Barn!:

THE CAMPAÑERO -P.D.
John Roberts
"I learned this forebitter from Ewan MacColl. In 1972 he and Peggy Seeger recorded songs and reminiscenses of Ben Bright, a retired Welsh sailor living in London at the time, whose seafaring career had started in the latter days of sail. The Campanero was one of his songs, one of the many he had learned from the old-time sailors when he was a youngster aboard square-riggers just before the First World War." -J.R.

The version in Stan Hugill's Shanties from the Seven Seas (RKP, 1961, 1984, pp. 349-350) is as follows:

THE HANDY BANDY BARQUE
Alternative title, 'The Campanayro' ('Campañero')

(Lively) Introducing:
Oh, this story I'd toke[?] to tell about a voyage to hell
In that handy, bandy barque the "Campanayro."

Ch:
'Tween the skipper, bosun an' th' pump
They nearly druv me off me chump,
In that handy, bandy barque the "Campanayro,"
An' if ever I go to sea, no more West Coast Packets for me,
Like that handy, bandy barque the "Campanayro"!

1. Now I'll have ye all to know that where-ever ye may go
If ye see this name a-runnin' fore an' aft-O,
Don't join her or ye'll pay 'Cos ye'll never forgit th' day
In that handy, bandy barque th' "Campanayro"!

2. I wuz not very long ashore in a place called Baltimore,
When I shipped away to Rio de Janeiro,
This packet oh I jined, I wuz sorry that I'd signed
Ch. In that handy bandy barque the Campanayro!

Full Chorus:
'Tween the skipper, bosun an' the pump,
They nearly druv me off me chump
In that handy, bandy barque the Campanayro,
An' if ever I go to sea, no more West Coast Packets for me,
Like that handy, bandy barque the Campanayro!

3. Oh, she had a shanghaied crew from Hell an' Timbucktoo,
An' the bullies in six lingoes they did swear-O!
Her skipper wuz a dandy-O, far too fond o' brandy-O,
Ch. In that handy bandy barque the Campanayro!

Full Chorus: 'Tween the skipper, etc.

4. In the roundin' of Cape Stiff, we had a little tiff,
With the snifters of Tierra del Fuaygo,
It blew like hell all day, carried our tops'le all away,
Ch. In that handy bandy barque the Campanayro!

5. In Cally-o we lay, just inside the Bay,
When the wind it blew up so bloomin' rare-O,
It blew like Barney's Bull, an' it nearly wrecked our hull,
Ch. In that handy bandy, etc.

6. A dose of Yeller Jack put the bullies on their back,
An' it even made the Old Man share his grog-O,
A Jonah's bitch wuz she, not meant for you or me,
Ch. Oh, that handy bandy, etc.

7. I skinned out in the port, by the jaunties I wuz caught,
But their hoosegow wuz a pleasant place to stay-O,
It wuz a home from home, better far than havin' to roam,
Ch. In that handy bandy, etc.

8. Ye may sail the whole world round, but never I'll be bound,
Will ye find a worser barque that this'n 'ere-O,
If ye'll take my advice, ye'll never jine her twice,
Ch. Oh, that handy bandy, etc.

Folk Music Index lists one field recording:

The Campanero
1. Cameron, Bill. Folk Songs of Britain. Vol 6. Sailormen and Servingmaids, Caedmon TC 1162, LP (196?), cut# 19

Other versions: according to Brunnings' Folk Song Index (Garland) the song is in Shantymen and and Shantyboys by William Main Doerflinger; and according to Plymouth Song Index it is in Songs of England, Ireland and Scotland (Oak, 1983).

Polish lyrics are HERE, HERE, HERE with score & midi, and HERE.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Campanero
From: Mac Tattie
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 02:07 PM

Thanks one and all. Thanks, masato sakurai, for that set of words and that link to "Plymouth Song Index". cheers.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CAMPANERO
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Jan 03 - 09:12 PM

THE CAMPAÑERO

Introduction:
Oh, whenever I went away, the story I'd like to tell,
About an 'andy little bark, the Campañero.

Chorus:
Oh, it's between the cook and the pump,
Well, they drive me off me chump
On this 'andy little Campañero!
If I ever go to sea,
Well, it won't be up to me.
To go in that handy little bark, the Campañero!

1. Oh, the skipper, he is a bulldozer, and you never did hear
The words that come from a man's mouth so often.
The mate he wants to fight, and the durin' every night,
The boys around the hatch they all surround him.

2. Well, I'd have you all to know that wherever you do go,
If you see the name a-running fore-and-aft her,
Don't jine her anywhere, or you'll never forget the day
That you jined that 'andy little bark, the Campañero!

3. You may ring around the world, and go just where you please.
She's a livin' at a single time for days and months.
But if you'll take a sailor's advice, you'll get married once or twice,
Before you jine that 'andy little bark, the Campañero!

Chorus:
So it's between the cook and the pump,
Well, they drive me off me chump
On that handy little bark, the Campañero!
But if it's ever up to me,
Well, I'd never go to sea
Aboard that handy little bark, the Campañero!

SOURCE: William Main Doerflinger, Shantymen and Shantyboys (Macmillan, 1951, pp. 84-85)


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