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Lyr Req: We're going away- capstan

Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Apr 04 - 08:34 PM
dick greenhaus 05 Apr 04 - 08:49 PM
Charley Noble 05 Apr 04 - 09:54 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Apr 04 - 10:20 PM
Roberto 06 Apr 04 - 08:51 AM
banjocircus 08 Mar 11 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: We're going away- capstan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 08:34 PM

I couldn't find any reference in Mudcat. Charles Nordhoff, in his mid-19th c. book "Seeing the World" (other titles also) has a fragment of 'an old capstan song,' with a 'slow and plaintive tune.' Could someone identify it for me? Or is it one of the unknowns?

Chanty-man- We're going away from friends and home,
Chorus- Oh, sailors, where are you bound to?

Chanty-man- We're going away to hunt for gold,
Chorus- Across the briny ocean.

Chanty-man- Father and mother say goodbye,
Chorus- Sailors, where are you bound to?

Chanty-man- Oh, sisters, brothers, don't you cry,
Chorus- Across the briny ocean.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ACROSS THE WESTERN OCEAN
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 08:49 PM

Sounds like a variant of:
ACROSS THE WESTERN OCEAN

Oh the times are hard and the wages low
Amelia, where you bound to?
The Rocky Mountains is my home
Across the Western Ocean.

It's a land of plenty there you'll see
I'm off across the Western Sea.

To Liverpool I'll make my way
To Liverpool that Yankee school.

There's Liverpool Pat with his tarpaulin hat
And Yankee John the packet rat.

Beware those packet ships, I pray,
They'll steal your stores and your clothes away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We're going away- capstan
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 09:54 PM

Q-

We all do envy you having access to the Nordhoff book. Do read it slowly and carefully.

I also agree with Dick that what you've quoted is probably a varient of "Across the Western Ocean."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We're going away- capstan
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 04 - 10:20 PM

Does sound like it. A version in Hugill (Shanties from the Seven Seas) has the line "We're bound away to seek for gold," about the same as "We're going away to hunt for gold."

I remember reading a history of the gold-rush to California- can't remember the title- about the number of ships abandoned by crews who took off to the goldfields; some of these ships never made it out of the Bay and were used in temporary constructions there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ACROSS THE WESTERN OCEAN (from Ed McCurdy
From: Roberto
Date: 06 Apr 04 - 08:51 AM

A recording of ACROSS THE WESTERN OCEAN
sung by Ed McCurdy, A Treasure Chest of American Folk Song, Elektra EKL-205, 1961

O the time is hard, and the wages low,
Amelia, whar' you bound to?
The Rocky Mountains is my home,
Across the western ocean.

The land of promise there you'll see,
Amelia, whar' you bound to?
I'm bound across the western sea,
To join the Irish Army.

To Liverpool I'll take my way,
Amelia, whar' you bound to?
To Liverpool that Yankee school,
Across the western ocean.

There's Liverpool Pat with his tarpaulin hat,
Amelia, whar' you bound to?
And Yankee Jack the packet rat,
Across the western ocean.

Beware those packet-ships, I pray,
Amelia, whar' you bound to?
They steal your hide and soul away,
Across the western ocean.


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Subject: Orig: Amelia
From: banjocircus
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 11:55 AM

With regard to Across the Western Ocean, does anybody have more information Amelia? Was she an Ireland-NY or Liverpool-NY packet?


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