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Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows

Charley Noble 10 Oct 02 - 08:53 PM
GUEST,JB 11 Oct 02 - 01:19 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 11 Oct 02 - 04:34 AM
Charley Noble 11 Oct 02 - 09:00 AM
radriano 11 Oct 02 - 11:24 AM
Charley Noble 11 Oct 02 - 07:20 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Oct 02 - 08:53 PM

I was just digging up this classic song by Michigan's Kitty Donahue for a friend and thought I'd share it with a few Mudcatters. Kitty ccomposed this after traveling in the 1970's to Nova Scotia, playing her songs in a few friendly pubs (Copy and paste into WORD/TIMES/12 for correct chord placement:


WHEN THE WEST WIND BLOWS

(Words & music by Kitty Donahue © 1977
Recorded on Farmer in Florida
Slightly modified by Eli Dale of Roll & Go
Key: F(D/3))

Chorus:

A7--------D-------------------------Bm
When the west wind blows, he'll always leave her,
Em-----------------G
Always leave her, has to leave her;
----------D---------------------------Bm
When the west wind blows, he'll always leave her
---------Em-----------------G--------A-----D
Till the storms of autumn call him back again.

D----------------------A7
Sailors are men who marry the sea,
---------Bm-----------------G
A good ship is the best of company,
---D------------------------------A-----------A7---D
A life of streets and houses is no life for me at all;
-------A-----D---------------------------------A7
When we've raised our glasses and we've sung our song,
----------Bm-----------------------G
And the night is empty with the hours so long,
---------D----------------------------A-----------A7---------D
Doubts fade with morning and a wind that's strong and full.

In a harbor town one September night,
When a summer's heat had finally taken flight,
He watched her working in a café light alone;
Though the years and beauty had passed her by
She kindled fires he swore would die
And he thought of comforts he could deny no more.

Bridge:
---------C-----------------------Bm
But the sailor that longs for hearth and home
---C7-------------------G
Is bound to spend his life alone,
------------Em-------------------G------------------------A
Unless he finds a woman who knows the call of the sea. (CHO)

He said, "I'll stay till winter turns with the sun,
Till the boats move out to where the salmon run,
There are coves and shorelines I haven't begun to see;
With your woman's heart you'll never understand
The kind of longing that takes a man
Into a world of strangers to try his hand on his own."
She said, "A woman dreams no differently,
About the curlews crying and the changing sea,
A life of work and waiting is no life for me at all;
But we can sail for islands that are green and new,
Where a calypso rhythm takes ahold of you,
There's too much parting and the years too few to spare.

But the sailor that longs for hearth and home
Is bound to spend his life alone,
If he finds a woman who knows the call of the sea.

Final Chorus:

When the west wind blows, she'll always leave him,
Always leave him, has to leave him;
When the west wind blows, she'll always leave him
Till the storms of autumn call her back again.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: GUEST,JB
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 01:19 AM

Sorry, but could you also supply the sheet music or give me an indication how the melody goes?

Nice lyrics.

JB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 04:34 AM

I agree the lyrics are excellent.

Is this on the Roll-and-Go CD you have mentioned on another thread?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 09:00 AM

Yes, this is a long time favorite of mine although I've never tried to lead it.

I can't do more than the chords at this point, although I usuallydo pretty well reconstructing songs from their chords. I'm working from Kitty's cassette recording FARMER IN FLORIDA which may have been reissued as a CD. I suggest checking with www.Elderly Instruments.com for the real thing.

If I get some time this weekend I might try working up a MP3 file from the cassette, or maybe I can get Eli Dale to work it up again.

Roll & Go hasn't recorded this one yet and I'm not aware of anyone else who has. Maybe Big Mick has a clue?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: radriano
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 11:24 AM

Nice one, Charley!

Hey Charley, did you ever talk to John Luther at the Hyde Street Pier bookstore about carrying your album? I'm going there to talk to John tomorrow. Shall I give him my copy of your album to listen to? Or have you already sent him one?

Cheers,
Richard


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 07:20 PM

Richard-

Give John your pre-release copy and I'll ship you the shrink-wrapped version for your personal collection.

Here's the scoop of follow-up on West Wind Blows for those who are impatient to get the tune, and think I might procrastinate about working up a MP3 file. First, the composer is Kitty Donohoe, not Donahoe as I posted above. She's got her own website: www.kittydonohoe.com and I bet she'd be delighted to comply with reasonable inquires, and you can mention my real name, Charlie Ipcar, if you think that might help. I've got the tune in my head and the musical notation wouldn't do me a bit of good.

I've been enjoying Kitty's latest CD entitled THIS ROAD TONIGHT.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: When the West Wind Blows
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 18 - 03:27 AM

I swear I heard the final verse once as
When the west wind blows they'll sail together
Yes, they'll sail together through all kinds of weather
Till the storms of autumn blow them home again.


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