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Lyr Req: Wreck of the Lady Washington (Mikki Perry

GUEST,robinia 13 Aug 02 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,HP 13 Aug 02 - 02:29 PM
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Charley Noble 13 Aug 02 - 04:38 PM
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Subject: Lady Washington song
From: GUEST,robinia
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 02:13 PM

Hi, I'm looking for the words to the song (modeled on the Spermwhale Fishery) about the Lady Washington and her unhappy encounter with a bridge on the Columbia River? True story, great song....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: GUEST,HP
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 02:29 PM


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Subject: Lyr Add:THE WRECK OF THE LADY WASHINGTON (M Perry)
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 02:35 PM

This one?
^^

THE WRECK OF THE LADY WASHINGTON
© Mikki Perry

It was nineteen hundred and ninety one
On October the seventeenth day
When the gallant ship,
The Lady Washington
From Pasco sailed away (brave souls),
From Pasco sailed away.

The lookout on the foremast peak
Teddy Keyes so young and fair
He would guide them under
The railroad bridge,
With only four feet to spare (brave souls),
With only four feet to spare.

They were one hundred feet
From the railroad bridge
When a green light turned to red
"Reverse engines, come about",
Ted cried out
"The bridge is coming down ahead"
(brave souls),
"The bridge is coming down ahead".

They were doing four knots
And the current was swift,
That ship just could not stop.
Captain Sandy pulled the tiller,
And he turned her half around,
As the bridge continued to drop
(brave souls),
As the bridge continued to drop.

As the bridge came down
The lookout aloft
Tried to push that bridge away.
It was a reflex thing
And he knew that it was dumb,
But he tried it anyway (brave soul),
He tried it anyway.

And the bridge came down
She was struck broadside,
And the mainmast and gaff did crack,
But she didn't capsize,
And no lives were lost,
And she'll probably never come back
(any more),
She'll probably never come back.

The twenty six passengers
Aboard that ship
Were shaken, dazed and pale.
They never reached Umatilla that day,
But they'll never forget that sail
(brave souls),
They'll never forget that sail.

"To lose our mast", the captain said,
"It grieves my heart full sore,
But to be struck down
By a railroad bridge,
It grieves me ten times more
(brave souls),
It grieves me ten times more."

Oh Pasco is a dreadful place It's a land that's seldom green,
Where the dust storms blow,
And the trains come and go,
But the tall ships are seldom seen
(brave souls).
The tall ships are seldom seen.

From:http://members.aol.com/pintndale/hoglyrics.htm#ladywashington


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WRECK OF THE LADY WASHINGTON
From: GUEST,HP
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 02:45 PM

Taken from William Pint & Felicia Dale's excellent album 'Hearts of Gold', the Wreck of The Lady Washington is written by Mikki Perry. Credits on the album suggest that you can get a lyric sheet for the whole album from Pint & Dale themselves, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put addresses up here, so I won't. However the lyrics as I hear them are:

It was nineteen hundred and ninety one,
On October the seventeenth day.
When the gallant ship, the Lady Washington,
From Pasco sailed away, brave souls.
From Pasco sailed away.

Now the lookout on the foremast peak,
Teddy Keys so young and fair.
He would guide them under that railroad bridge
With only four feet to spare, brave souls.
With only four feet to spare.

Now they were one hundred feet from that railroad bridge
When a green light turned to red.
'Reverse engines, come about,' young Teddy cried out.
'For the bridge is coming down ahead, brave souls.
The bridge is coming down ahead.

Now they were doing four knots and the current was strong,
And that ship just could not stop.
Captain Sandy pulled the tiller and turned her half around
As the bridge continued to drop, brave souls
The bridge continued to drop.

As the bridge came down the lookout aloft
He tried to push that bridge away.
It was a reflex thing, and he knew that it was dumb
But he tried is anyway, brave souls.
He tried it anyway.

As the bridge came down they were struck broadside
And the main mast and gaff did crack.
But they didn't capsize. And no lives were lost.
But they'll probably never come back any more.
Probably never come back.

Now the twenty six passengers aboard that ship,
They were shaken, dazed and pale.
They never reached New Matilla that day
But they'll never forget that sail, brave souls.
Never forget that sail.

'Well, to lose our mast,' our Captain cried.
'Well it grieves my heart full sore.
But to be struck down by a railroad bridge
It grieves me ten times more, brave souls.
It grieves me ten times more.

Now Pasco is a dreadful place
It's a land that's seldom green.
Where the dust storms blow and the trains come and go
But the tall ships are seldom seen, brave souls
The tall ships are seldom seen, anymore
The tall ships are seldom seen.

Hope that helps!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 04:38 PM

Yes, this amazing rail/sail disaster actually occured, or so claimed the bosun that I spoke to aboard the Bounty some years ago. I do love the line:

It was a reflex thing, and he knew that it was dumb
But he tried is anyway...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 04:38 PM

Yes, this amazing rail/sail disaster actually occured, or so claimed the bosun that I spoke to aboard the Bounty some years ago. I do love the line:

It was a reflex thing, and he knew that it was dumb
But he tried it anyway...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: GUEST,robinia
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 07:11 PM

Yes, that's the song (and I too love the line about "the reflex thing and he knew that it was dumb") -- thank you all!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: ChanteyMatt
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 07:48 PM

I'm fortunate (?) to be a friend of Teddy Keyes. He is sometimes referred to as the "human fender". He's also been called Mr. Baggywrinkle" because of his beard. The amazing thing was how he got from the mainmast truck to the deck when things started coming apart. No one really knows. Not even Ted.

The Lady Washington is due in Seattle August 15th as a part of Tall Ships 2002. We have three days of free music scheduled. It should be a good one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: MAG
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 11:41 PM

Mikki is quite active with the Three Rivers Folk Society, who put on the Tumbleweeds Festival over Labor Day weekend. Their website should have contact information.

It's getting close to time to start a Tumbleweeds thread .. after the upcoming Ellensburg gathering, which ends (for me) with a Tumbleweeds volunteers meeting on Sunday.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: GUEST,Micki Perry
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 02:01 AM

Don't know why I'm so slow in getting into this Mudcat Cafe stuff but I came here looking for lyrics to some other songs and just thought I'd check on The Wreck of the Lady Washington and found all these great things people said about it. Thanks. I did write the song over 10 years ago and that's sort of my claim to fame having had it recorded by my friends William and Felicia,who by the way sang it at the Tumbleweed Music Festival on Labor Day weekend in Richland.
As for the line about the reflex thing and he knew that it was dumb, that came directltly from Td Keyes the night of the accident. We weren't on that fateful voyage but talked to the crew after they returned to Pasco that night. And by the way, The Lady Wa. has not come back to Pasco and it's been almost eleven years now.

Please keep on singing my song.

Micki Perry (mickilperry@aol.com)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 08:57 PM

Micki-

Thanks for composing this song, which celebrates both the intrepid human spirit and the inflexibility of railway bridges.

While I was in Portland West recently I saw a model of the Lady Washington at a museum, depicted as a lovely gaff-rigged sloop. I was disappointed, however, not to find a lookout in the crosstrees.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, who also sings this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Oct 02 - 02:18 AM

What a wonderful song! I saw the Lady Washington before that fateful day. I was spending a long gray month in Aberdeen, WA, during five days in the spring of 1990. She was definitely the bright spot of the week!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:57 PM

To all of the above-

Now I'm very confused about the Lady Washington, the sailing vessel that is to say. The model I saw in the Portland, Oregon, Museum of Cultural Heritage was a gaff-rigged sloop (one mast or sticky thing) wheras the replica that I've seen photographs of recently in Maritime Life & Tradition magazine, blasting away at the Hawaiian Chieftain, is clearly a brig (two masts or sticky things). What's the scoop on the "sloop"?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 04:53 PM

Well, no response from Mudcatters with regard to the sloop scoop but fortunately I got hold of nautical author James Nelson, who happens to live in Maine and had something to do with the committee that designed and built this replica tall ship back in the late 1980's:

"Good catch on the sloop/brig thing. It's been a while since I was knee deep in the history of that ship, but I think I recall enough. LW was originally a sloop, commanded my Robert Grey, while the Columbia was commanded by the less competent Kendrick (I think that was the name) When they got to the Pacific Northwest they traded, and Kendrick essentially stole the LW and took off to do what he wished. One of the things he did was re-rig her as a brig. He also took her to Japan, first United States vessel ever to visit, all without the owners permission. Anyway, the goons in Washington (state) decided to rig her with her brig outfit, rather than the original sloop. Probably a good call - the sloop mainsail would have been enormous and unweildy."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, who is now better informed!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Apr 06 - 09:48 PM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Stewart
Date: 03 Apr 06 - 05:51 PM

Hear a bit of the song (mp3)HERE on track 27 or buy the whole CD!

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lady Washington
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Aug 09 - 05:24 PM

Here also a link to my slightly adapted version of Micki's fine song: Click here for lyrics and MP3!

I would love to include it on my forthcoming CD, titled Sailortown Days, and I'm in the process of attempting to contact Micki.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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