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Subject: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Pirate of Cape Ann
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 05:14 PM

Try as I may, I can't access any source for the lyrics to a song used on the original Captains Courageous movie. I'm looking for the words to "Oh What a Terrible Man". I believe that this may be a "traditional" piece, possibly of Portuguese origin. The song is sung twice in the movie, once in its "traditional" wording where in Harvey puts in a third chorus to the disgust of the We're Here's crew and again as an insult to Captain Cushman in which Harvey's verse is accepted. The first run of the song starts out in the background, over shadowed by the ambient noises aboard the schooner. Only after two or three verses can I make out the crew singing:

Oh what a terrible man,
Oh what a terrible man.

Speaking in his native lingo,
He said Marry Bingo Bingo.

Oh what a terrible man,
Oh what a terrible man.

Bingo Bingo tried to woo her.
Brought a lot of presents to her.

Oh what a terrible man,
Oh what a terrible man.

I am a member of the sea shanty group Three Sheets (to the Wind) in Gloucester MA associated with the Schooner Adventure and would love to have my group perform this piece. Any help would be a greatly appreaciated!

PoCA


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 07:45 PM

Good luck!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Greg B
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 02:29 PM

Recall that they were using it while cutting bait (and
fingers). You might look in the traditions that came
out of the canneries, rather than from the ships. I
wouldn't be surprised to find it there, along with
some other treasures.

They're fond of the movie at Mystic...might be worth
querying the librarians there. Mary Kay Edwards is a
veritable font of knowledge as well.

If you can figure out where they did the research for the
film, you probably can find the sources for the songs.
Maybe a good, hard, look at the credits will help.

I assume you own the DVD, like all good sea song singers
should...it's on the MGM Classics label.


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: DonMeixner
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 02:31 PM

The credits at the beginning of the film list Music and lyrics by....
but I've never grabbed the name.

Don


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Peace
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 03:27 PM

The title of the song is "Ooh, What a Terrible Man".


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Artful Codger
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 04:57 PM

As this is a Kipling tale, and Kipling was fond of embedding verse and "songs" in his works, has anyone scanned a copy to see if the lyrics are in there?


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 05:03 PM

As far as I can see they aren't (the text is available online). There are also notes for the book available online, which seem to make a fair coverage of the songs referenced in the text (mostly Ch IV), but it's not mentioned. The only references seem to be tothe screenplay. IMDB has no music credits for the film.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 10:24 PM

Lazy B.S.Turds.

There were years in the past....when such an easy answer was researched and posted with correct annotation...in three days or less.

What a sorry sackful of souls.


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:24 PM

There was a musical of Captains Courageous with the book and Lyrics by Patrick Cook and the music by Frederick Freyer. This was very recent as Treat Williams played Manuel. Dig deep enough into google and you can find several reviews of the off broadway show.

The song is mentioned as being in the book.

Don


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Peace
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:48 PM

Captains Courageous
New DVD Movie - Fullscreen
Actors: Spencer Tracy , Freddie Bartholomew , Lionel Barrymore , Mickey Rooney , Melvyn Douglas , Charley Grapewin , Christian Rub , John Carradine , Walter Kingsford , Leo G. Carroll , Charles Trowbridge
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Studio: Warner Home Video
Price:$14.99 Retail: $19.97 You Save: $4.98! (25%)
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Part Number: 012569676749IE--

The song is on the DVD. I cannot find lyrics on the www. If no one comes up with them, perhaps you'll be kind enough to post the lyrics when you get them? That would be neat.


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 12:06 AM

Bruce,

I own the movie and I just spent the last 1/2 hour looking for the
box of video tapes I have stored in the Attic of no return. No luck on the VHS but I did find my Betas of Pete Seegers Rainbow Quest. (And yes I do have a working Beta Max machine.) I'm looking for it too. Not because I need to have song. I just need to find it.

Don


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 12:52 AM

LOL


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 01:03 AM

Yup, Dopey me.


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 01:05 AM

I'm the same, Don. It's the CHALLENGE!


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Little Robyn
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 01:33 AM

I prefer that other song Spencer Tracy sang to young Freddie - Don't cry little fish! We were singing it as kids in the 50s.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Claidheamdanns
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 01:41 AM

Not on point here, sorry, but I just watched that movie for the first time this month. Excellent! A classic.


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Subject: RE: Captains Courageous song lyrics
From: Barry Finn
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 02:48 AM

Hi Pirate of Cape Ann
The guest above must think that you own a computer on that little float of a home you got there. Sorry I can't help you, I've never heard any thing close (but I did look around) to what you asking but then I've never seen a Captain Couragoeus flick either, looks as if I'm missing something I shouldn't ne. If you get this I'd love to hear you sing it sometime. I'll keep an ear open for you.
Hey you got a heater in that rag bagger of yours. Trees just don't grow & fall down nearby do they or are you sleeping on shore these cold days?
See ya

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Dec 07 - 10:54 PM

Award-Winning Films of the 1930s by John Reid, 2004, contains this information about "Captains Courageous":

Songs: "Don't Cry Little Fish" and "Ooh, What a Terrible Man!" by Franz Waxman (music) and Gus Kahn (lyrics).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 06:02 PM

Once, Doc make some fish cakes and throw it away
Next day no more fish come around boat to play.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
Said cabbage to fish cake that lay on one dish
'I beautiful cabbage you only a fish.'
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
There's a place in my heart for the one I love best,
And I still keep her picture tattooed on my chest.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
There's a school of fish way down deep in the sea,
Where the little fish study geography.
They write on a slate and they read from a book,
Learn to run with the bait and just leave them the hook.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
You'll be beleia by and by (beleia is big fish)
With fins and a tail to help you sail,
And maybe some wings to help you fly.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.
Yea, ho, little fish, don't cry, don't cry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 06:04 PM

And Harvey says in other song at very end:
"Captain Cushman is a grocer
But a first rate sailor, no sir!
Oh, what a terrible man!
Oh, what a terrible man!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 06:05 PM

Oh. The *movie*. I was hoping someone might have tracked down Kipling's verses to "Wheat in the Ear" at last.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 07:48 AM

Progress!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST,Daniel B
Date: 07 Feb 14 - 06:37 PM

"And Harvey says in other song at very end:
"Captain Cushman is a grocer
But a first rate sailor, no sir!
Oh, what a terrible man!
Oh, what a terrible man!" "

Props, sir, I could never understand what the heck he said!

"Said cabbage to fish cake that lay on one dish
'I beautiful cabbage you only a fish.'"

I believe it's "you only poor fish"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST,Jason Arends
Date: 03 Jun 15 - 11:14 PM

"Now Aprile is over and melted the snow,
And outer Noo Bedford we shortly must tow;
Yes, out o' Noo Bedford we shortly must clear,
We're the whalers that never see wheat in the ear."
"Wheat-in-the-ear, my true-love's posy blowin,
Wheat-in-the-ear, we're goin' off to sea;
Wheat-in-the-ear, I left you fit for sowin,
When I come back a loaf o' bread you'll be!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Jun 15 - 06:00 PM

Yes, those are the words in the book. But there must have been more verses, and a tune. An LP I have has a version, but it's mostly stolen from "Weevily Wheat", and the tune doesn't fit those words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST,Julia L
Date: 04 Jun 15 - 07:41 PM

Learned this from Gordon Bok- could be a children's game song (or not wink wink) Julia

Take her by the lily white hand
Lead her like a pigeon
Make her dance to Weavily wheat
and scatter her religion

I don't want your weavily wheat,
I don't want your barley
Give me flour, in half an hour
I'll bake a cake for Charley

Wheat-in-the-ear, my true-love's posy blowin,
Wheat-in-the-ear,I'm goin' back to sea;
Wheat-in-the-ear, I left you fit for sowin,
When I come back what a loaf o' bread you'll be!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: song from Captains Courageous
From: GUEST,Leandra
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 01:55 AM

Grew up watching this movie and loved it. Just showed it to my husband and little girl a bit ago. All I could catch was:
...he who had a daughter
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man
Speaking in his native lingo He said, "Marry Bingo-Bingo"
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man
He will bring you beans and sorrows Yes, I know about his morals
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man
Bingo-Bingo came to woo her Brought a lot of presents to her
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man

Then later Manuel sings:
Capt. Cushman is a sailor But he should have been a tailor
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man

And Harvey:
Cushman might have been a grocer But a first-class seaman, no, sir
Oh, what a terrible man Oh, what a terrible man

Hope that helps!


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