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Help: Lighthouse Songs

DigiTrad:
LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE ON ME
LIGHT FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE
LIGHT ON CAPE MAY
LIGHTHOUSE (SHINE ON ME)
THE LIGHTHOUSE
YOUR LIGHT FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE


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(origins) Origins: Light from the Lighthouse (12)
ADD: Various Lighthouse Gospel Songs (46)
Lyr Req: Light from the Lighthouse? (11)
Lyr Add: I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper (19)
Lyr Req: Let the Light from the Lighthouse Shine.. (29)
ADD: The Lighthouse (Thank God for the Lighthouse) (6)
Lyr Req:Where the Lighthouse Shines across the Bay (10)
Lyr/Chords Req: Light from the Lighthouse (3)
Lyr Req: Ned the Lighthouse Keeper (11)
Lyr Req: Lighthouse keeper's daughter (4)


Bev and Jerry 19 Aug 02 - 01:34 AM
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Subject: Lighthouse Songs
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 01:34 AM

We are looking for songs about lighthouses. Not just songs that mention lighthouses or religious songs that use the lighthouse as a metaphor, but songs that are actually about lighthouses.

We checked some sheet music sites and did a DT and forum search. There are a lot of references in the forum search but most of them were not actually to lighthouse songs.

So far, we have come up with these:

Bell of Boston Bay
Eddystone Light(not really about the lighthouse)
Flannan Isle
It's Brasswork (a poem looking for a tune)
The Angel of Sunset Rock
The Fog Bell
The Lighthouse
The Man at the Nore
Three Fishers

Any more?

Bev and Jerry

p.s. Joe Offer: This one got your attention, didn't it.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: drummergirl
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 02:14 AM


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: drummergirl
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 02:21 AM

Whoops, sorry, I pressed the submit button without a message!

I have heard a song I think it is called "The Lighthouse" by a young bluegrass band called "Nickel Creek". It is a story of a lighthouse keeper from the view of the lighthouse with lines like (if my memory serves me correctly) "I am a lighthouse, worn by the weather and the waves . . ." IMHO, it has a pretty catchy tune, although it has a sad ending because the lighthouse keeper and his wife die. It still is a nice song though. Have you heard of this song, is it what you are looking for?


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 04:18 AM

There're three songs in the Levy Collection.

(1) Title: English Favorites. Fog Bell.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words by Hubert de Burgh.
Composed by Henry Pontet.
Henry Pontet Publication: New York: T.B. Harms & Co., 819 Broadway, n.d..
Form of Composition: sectional
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Around the lighthouse saps the tide
Plate Number: 493-8
Subject: Ships
Subject: Absences
Subject: Homecomings
Subject: Storms
Subject: Lighthouses
Subject: Sailors
Call No.: Box: 174 Item: 105

(2) Title: Professional Copy. The Angel of Sunset Rock. Song and Chorus.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words and Music by Chas. Graham.
Publication: n.p., 1897.: , .
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: The lighthouse keeper on Sunset Rock, had trimmed his lamp for the night
First Line of Chorus: On the wildest night, her light shone bright
Subject: Occupations
Subject: Fathers & children
Subject: Shipwrecks
Subject: Death
Call No.: Box: 140 Item: 018

(3) Title: Bell of Boston Bay, or, The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Poem by Dexter Smith. Music by E.N. Catlin.
E. N. Catlin Publication: Boston: White, Smith & Perry, 298 & 300 Washington Street, 1869.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice (solo and satb chorus)
First Line: When the world is fast asleep, and the stars shine o'er the deep
First Line of Chorus: Raven hair and eyes of jet, sparkling orbs they haunt me
Dedicatee: Respectfully Dedicated to Miss Ida Lewis
Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: Music Typography by J. Frank Giles, 89 Washington Street, Boston
Subject: Sailors
Subject: Courtship
Subject: Love
Subject: Marriage proposals
Subject: Absences
Call No.: Box: 181 Item: 030

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:14 AM

Sorry, I didn't notice all the songs above are already on your list. I've found another one, but the title only:

"When the Bell in the Lighthouse Rings Ding Dong"
1905; Words by Arthur J. Lamb; Music by Alfred Solman


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:24 AM

Two German songs:

Wir saßen am Fischerhause (We sat at the fisherman's house)
Text by Heinrich Heine

Im Sturme (In a storm)
Text by Karl Siebel


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 09:00 AM

Some "lighthouse keeper" songs:

I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper [sound clip] by Ericka Eigen (from the film Clockwise Orange)

My father was a lighthouse keeper [lyrics] by Malcolm LeMaistre

So Said The Lighthouse Keeper [lyrics] (John Woloschuk)

THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER by Billy Bennett [this seems to be a poem]

Mark J. Bradlyn, Lighthouse Keeper [title only]


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Les from Hull
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 10:21 AM

'Grace Darling' - which starts off, 'twas on the Longstone Lighthouse there dwelt and English maid...

My father was a lighthouse keeper was an Incredible String Band numbere - they also did 'At the Lighthouse Dance'.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 10:33 AM

The Watersons' Grace Darling [lyrics].


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 10:49 AM

I believe that Rick Spencer of Mystic also has a sone about a lighthouse keeper's daughter.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 10:56 AM

Check Out Dan McKinnon. He's got a great modern song about the Canadian Government selling off lighthouses. (BTW, they are selling off or have sold off a number of them)

http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/dan.mckinnon/


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: beadie
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 12:33 PM

In far northern Wisconsin, on the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes (Superior), there is a tent show extravaganza that runs from May til September every year called the Lake Superior Bigtop Chautauqua. Empressario Warren Nelson and his band of entertainers book major (and minor) name acts as well as provide locally produced offerings throughout the season.

One of Nelson's projects (repeated several times each summer) is a multi-mdeia and live performance show called "The Keeper of the Light" , a production about the history of the shipping trade on the lakes dating from the earliest European occupation of the region.

The title song (Keeper of the Light) is a masterpiece chronicle of the lighthouse service.

The CD (and many others from the group) is availabel on their website at Bigtop.org .


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 01:43 PM

Try John McCutcheon's Ode to the Brown's Head Light


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 01:46 PM

Sorry, wrong title in that last post. It's The Old Brown's Head Light


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Mary Humphreys
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 02:32 PM

There is a wonderful new song, written by Chris Manners and recorded by him on his recently released CD called ' Will the last man leaving turn out the light' about the situation in English lighthouses , where there are no manned lighthouses any more. You can contact him through Pete Coe or Ryburn 3 step ( he is a resident at that club ). Both have web sites.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 06:00 PM

The title song of the McCalmans' album 'Keepers' (1999) is about lighthouse keepers and their demise. 'The Lifeboat Mona' by Peggy Seeger is about trying to save the crew of the Tay lightship in a storm. Does this count?


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 06:35 PM

Hey, you guys are amazing.

Drummergirl: Where can we get the words/music to "The Lighthouse"?

Masato: Where did you find "When the Bell in the Lighthouse Rings Ding Dong"?

Anyone: Where can we find the music to "Grace Darling"?

More?

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:56 PM

Just casting another vote for McCutcheon's song...

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 08:58 PM

Contact Barry Finn who has written a wonderful song about a lighthouse and its keeper - a woman who saved many lives under the worst of conditions. Best of all, it is a true story. If you can get a recodring of Barry singing it - all the better.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Nancy King
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 09:22 PM

And don't forget "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning," a fine old hymn which uses the lighthouse both as a metaphor for God's love and as a literal reference; it was written by P. P. Bliss in response to a shipping disaster on Lake Erie, caused by the failure of the lighthouse keeper to do his job properly. It's in the DT.

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Barry Finn
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 09:59 PM

Hey Sinsull, thanks for being to generous with your kind words. I still don't know how to do the blue clicky thing & I can't do tunes either but if you do end up wanting the tune I've been known to sing cross country into a telephone's message machine. My e-mail is in this site. Good Luck, Barry

Subject: Lyr Add: IDA LEWIS (Barry Finn)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 23-Feb-02 - 04:08 PM

Another of the famed women lighthouse keepers (America's most famous) was Ida Lewis. She kept the Lime Rock Light after her father took (4 months after arriving at age 15) to a wheelchair. No American lighthouse has ever had it's name changed by the Lighthouse Service (part of the Coast Guard), except for the Lime Rock Light. It was renamed the Ida Lewis Light. After the Light was retired it was bought by the Newport Yacht Club, who remend the club the Ida Lewis Yacht Club & has been maintained by them ever since. Her first rescue, at age 16, was 4 young men. Her last was a close friend when at age 63. Here's part of her story in song:

IDA LEWIS

Ida Lewis left Newport at the age of 15,
Moved onto Lime Light Rock in the 1850's
Her father was a captain, now keeper of the light
Soon the duties feel on Ida to keep the lamps burning bright.

Her sisters & brother she'd row to school every day
In a small open lifeboat across the rough bay
From his wheelchair her father would watch through the storms
In horror as Ida would row the children back home.

Renowned for her skills no matter the weather
At swimming or rowing no man was her better
At the age of 16 she had saved 4 men's lives
By the time she retired she had saved 25

There are saints on the water & demons in the sea
One & all they praise Ida for her great bravery
On the very night this women died, who had lived on the shoals
Every bell on every boat in Newport did toll

Now they've renamed that rock the Ida Lewis Rock Light
And in her honor today the lights are still burning bright
But sometimes at night when it's rough & it's cold
Some claim to see Ida pulling boys from the foam.

copyright 1998 Barry Finn


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Aug 02 - 10:17 PM

Bev and Jerry, I found that title in The Great Song Thesaurus (Oxford UP, 1984) (Part IX: Thesaurus of Song Titles by Subject, Key Word, and Category). You can listen to Stanley's singing of "When the Bell in the Lighthouse Rings" (Victor single-sided 31426) HERE (The Acoustic Recording Process 1877 - 1925) [the third number].

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 03:02 PM

Thanks, Masato. We heard it. It's pretty corny and we never heard of a lighthouse with a bell in it but it's just the kind of thing we're looking for.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: MMario
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 03:11 PM

Dagnabit Barry - you need to do a tape of your songs and ship them off to someone who can transcribe by ear.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,Mariner
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 05:33 PM

Just to change the subject slightly. As the part owner of a maritime museum which is housed on the oldest intact Lightship in the British Isles, I would be interested in finding any songs about the Light Ship service. Can any of you help? Mariner


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 10:48 PM


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: masato sakurai
Date: 20 Aug 02 - 11:17 PM

These [sheet music] are in Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885:

"The Lighthouse" (Y Golendy)
English version by G.F. Fuller; poetry by Iswyn; music by J. W. P. Price.
CREATED/PUBLISHED -- Louisville: Faulds, D. P., 1874.

"The Light-house keeper" (Der Leuchtthrm -- Wächter)
Words by Theo. D.C. Miller; music by W. H. Rieger.
CREATED/PUBLISHED -- New York: Spear & Dehnhoff, 1881.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 21 Aug 02 - 12:47 AM

Thanks again, Masato.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 07:44 PM

I have heard the Balad of Grace Darling one and only one place. That is on the Limelighters "Through Children's Eyes" album. now available on CD.

Hey, is anyone actively involved in lighthouse preservation or in collecting LH lore?


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 08:24 PM

Hmmm. Our group Roll & Go is going to be providing entertainment for a cruise in Casco Bay for the American Lighthouse Foundation. We're just beginning to think about what we might sing.

We did compose a song in honor of the renovation of the Portland Observatory, an octogon wooden signal tower that was built on Munjoy Hill in Portland, ME, back in 1807 to keep track of unidentified sailing objects (USO's). I might as well add it to this thread although it's not a lighthouse:

The Portland Observat'ry
(Words by Charlie Ipcar © 2000
Adapted Traditional Tune: "Bonny Ship the Diamond")

Chorus:

Dm
Here's to Capt'n Moody,
-------------Am
Heave with a will!
-----Dm------------------Am
Who raised the Portland Ob-servat'ry,
-----------------Dm
High on Mun-joy Hill.


'Twas in the year eighteen-o-seven
Old Moody had a plan,
To build a signal tower
On Portland's highest land. (CHO)

With his telescope in the lantern room,
He'd scan the Bay around,
And hoist a signal up the mast
When a vessel there he found. (CHO)

'Twas in the War of 1812,
He beheld a thrilling sight,
As the Enterprise beat the Boxer,
It was one brutal fight. (CHO)

In the Civil War, in '63,
The Rebels made a play,
From the tower we tracked the Cushing,
As she fled through Casco Bay. (CHO)

In nineteen hundred and twenty-three,
The tower's work was through,
But hordes of tourists climbed the stairs,
To enjoy the view. (CHO)

In nineteen hundred and ninety-five,
The tower was condemned,
But plans were made and money raised,
From hundreds of her friends. (CHO)

Now the tower stands again,
From the elements defiant,
After all this work we're glad to know
She's Y-2-K compliant. (CHO)

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: breezy
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 05:19 AM

song written by Graham Searle and put to music by Ben Campbell

'The Last Keeper' on the album 'Songs of lost skies'

about the the last manned lighthouse on the south coast

contact at the Moorland Folk Club, wotter nr Plymouth

good song good tune,
with a simple chorus
'The Last Keeper am I , the last keeper am I'

even I nearly got the 1st time around

It documents moments in history

'Many before me have stood on this coast
And felt the cold channels grey ire
On this very point as the Spanish approached,
There were lit a great signal fire
Two hundred years back with semaphore flags
bold sailors would signal the fleet
They stood where I stand aTrinity man
While history waves at my feet

The last keeper am I ,the last keeper am I

and ends with the line

Now I shut the last gate
I turn the last key
And walk the last clifftop bend


Hope you get it its a great song to sing.
Its a good album too.

Ben Campbell - a jewel from the North -East embedded in the South-west of England


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: kendall
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 07:43 AM

I don't know how often "Let the lower lights be burning" has been recorded, but I did it for Folk Legacy back around 1977. This was my grandfather's favorite hymn, and it was sung at his funeral.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: fiddler
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 03:53 PM

YOu can't keep a horse in a Lighthouse
It isn't a place for old ned
A HOrses place is on dry land
You can't keep a horse on seaweed and sand

I can't remember the rest but I can probably get the rest of the words (and the tune) if they are wanted?

Hmmm.....

A


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: JWB
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 06:06 PM

Chicago-based singer Lee Murdock has a song titled "Let the Light From the Lighthouse Shine on Me" on his Standing at the Wheel CD. He says it's traditional.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: s&r
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 04:21 AM

not a song but @Da Slockit Light' is a beautiful air, and would seem to be inspired by a lighthouse (but I don't know that for sure)
Stu


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 06:06 PM

Three Men of Eddystone, by Cyril Tawney. In the DigiTrad.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: JWB
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:22 PM

Stu,

I've heard that Tom Anderson wrote Da Slockit Light after returning by sea to his home town on the Shetlands one evening and noticing how many of the houses' lights were not on, since folks had moved away to the mainland looking for work.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:56 PM

Rick Spencer, at Mystic Seaport, wrote and sings "The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter," on his CD with Susan Jerome (title track).
Dave Littlefield, also of Mystic, wrote and sings "Keeper of the Light" on his CD "Far From the Shore."
The Ancient Mariners do "Faulkner's Light" on their album which might be eponymic, I don't have it around to check.
Jimmy Crowley of Cork has a wonderful song long out of print but soon to be back on CD about the passing of the manned lights, and how the computer can't grieve for the soul it fails to save. He blessed me with a private rendition of it once that is damaged but might be usable to retrieve/recreate it if CD is not ready; I will check his site.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,Angelzbabe
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 05:48 PM

Hey!!!

Could anyone tell me where I could get the lyrics to to McCalmans song 'Keepers' from their album because I can't seem to find them anywhere.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,bfdk
Date: 10 Apr 05 - 02:40 AM

Try http://www.molwert.de/Lieder/Keepers.htm.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,Autumn
Date: 02 Mar 11 - 02:41 AM

The Lighthouse's Tale
By Nickel Creek

I am a lighthouse worn by the weather and the waves
I keep my lamp lit to warn the sailors on their way
I'll tell a story, paint you a picture from my past
I was so happy but joy in this life seldom lasts

I had a keeper, he helped me warn the ships at sea
We had grown closer 'til his joy meant everything to me
And he was to marry a girl who shown with beauty and light
They loved each other, and with me watched the sunsets into nights

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

She'd had to leave us; my keeper, he prayed for a safe return
But when the night came, the weather to a raging storm had turned
He watched her ship fight, but in vain against the wild and terrible wind
And me so helpless, as dashed against the rocks she met her end

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

Then on the next day, my keeper found her washed up on the shore
He kissed her cold face, and that they'd be together soon he swore
I saw him crying, watched as he buried her in the sand
Then he climbed my tower, and off the edge of me he ran

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

I am a lighthouse worn by the weather and the waves
And though I'm empty I still warn the sailors on their way


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Max Johnson
Date: 02 Mar 11 - 07:14 AM

My dear old chum John Spires used to sing...

'You have been my lighthouse in every storm.
You have been my rock, you've kept me safe and warm.
And through the darkest night you have been my guiding light.
You have been my saving grace.
Darling, I love you.'

I've seen a packed beer festival hall in tears when he sang that, and in a good way.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,Z. Harmonious!
Date: 04 Mar 17 - 09:07 AM

I have words and chords to a beautiful song about a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. I've searched and searched to find out who did it..(I transcribed it off an album years ago, but can't remember who did it, and can find no mention of it.) If anyone can find it, let me know where! It had mandolin in the background that sounded like water tinkling and trickling.
Here it is...

To every drifting sailor on the ocean

(A)To every drifting (D)sailor on the (A)ocean
May you be (D)delivered from the (E)gale
(A)May only peaceful (D)waters lie before (A)you
(D)Gentle homeward (E)breezes fill your (A)sails.

Long ago, some(D) I heard a (A)story
About a lighthouse (D)on the coast of (E)Maine
(A)Seasons come and (D)go and leave her (A)standing
(D)Holding out her (E)lantern in the (A)rain.

Chorus:
(D)Sixty miles she (E)shines in all (A)direction
While the (D)wind, comes (E)lashing down the (A)sound
And the (D)deck heaves and (E)groans to the (A)pounding
Of the (D)demon seas, driving us (A)aground.

(A)To every drifting (D)sailor on the (A)ocean
Across the seven (D)seas you're bound to (A)roam
When there is no (D)star to guide your (A)journey
(D)May the lighthouse (E)guide you safely (A)home.

Chorus:

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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Mar 17 - 06:56 PM

We had a somewhat related thread recently:

Spurn Point

No lighthouses in the song fragment, but it's about a wreck and the lighthouses on the point were put there for a reason.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurn


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: GUEST,Jerry Crossley
Date: 04 Mar 17 - 08:00 PM

If anyone's interested, I wrote a song about UK lighthouses some time ago that mentions over a hundred of them. It was partly as an exercise and also because I like the evocative names that many have.


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Subject: RE: Help: Lighthouse Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Mar 17 - 09:04 PM

A tune rather than a song:

The Graveyard of the Gulf

Paul Cranford wrote it when he was working as a lighthouse keeper at St Paul Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence. It's one of the most beautiful tunes I know.

newspaper story about Cranford


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