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Billy the Bus 17 Jun 03 - 03:58 AM
Charley Noble 17 Jun 03 - 08:24 AM
Sorcha 17 Jun 03 - 09:15 AM
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Subject: BS: A Whale's Tail
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 03:58 AM

G'day,

How many shanties and other folksongs revolve about the noble tradtion of whaling?

How most international interest is in protecting, rather than killing these noble mammals. The IWC have just passed a new resolution to this effect.

Kaikoura NZ is a world-renowned 'whale watching' site, which has done much to change this attitude. Hwsomever, helping whales can have fatal consequences.

Yesterday, an experieced diver, Tom Smith, tried to free a whale caught in crayfish (lobster) pot ropes near Kaikoura. It seems he was hit by the whale's tail - his body has yet to be found. The whale, it seems, has been freed. Best report I can find is NZ TVOne News.

I doubt the incident will hit International News, so will post developments here.

Please join me in a toast to Tom.

A Sad - Sam


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Subject: RE: BS: A Whale Tail
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 08:24 AM

Let's raise one for Tom!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: A Whale Tail
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 09:15 AM

Tom Chapin has a Whale Song; he makes whale noises into the mic. It's not a shanty, though.


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Subject: LYR ADD: Sing a Whale Song
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 09:18 AM

Many thanks to John Forster & Tom Chapin for permission to publish these lyrics.
© 1989 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP).
Tom Chapin performs this song on "Moonboat."
         Available from TomChapin.com, Barnes&Noble.com and Amazon.com




On a fateful day in the month of May
I was sitting catching fish
When a magic whale swam up to the rail
And said, "Please make a wish."
So I said, "Well gee, I'd love to be like you, a giant whale."
Next thing I knew, I was grayish-blue and I had a two-ton tail.
Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
As the flounder said to the oyster bed: "Sing a whale song."


With a mighty leap I dove down deep
And swam out through the cove.
Then I raced to the top, did a belly-flop and down again I dove.
From the Arctic to the Baltic to the far off Hebrides,
Like a submarine through the deep blue-green,
I swam the seven seas.
And sang a whale song. Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
As the dogfish barked to the Great White Shark: "Sing a whale song."


But there were some things I wish I could forget,
Like that garbage scow off of Curacao
Or that oil spill below Brazil
Or getting caught in that giant net
And I couldn't get out and oh, was I upset!


So I had to hail that magic whale who changed me back once more,
Saying, "Now that you know the Great Below
We need your help on shore
To tell your tale of being a whale and all you've seen and done.
Then wet and dry will unify and all the world as one
Will sing a whale song. Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
From the smallest ant to the tallest tree,
From the highest peak to the deepest sea,
All the world will ring in harmony
And sing a whale song.

From: http://www.songsforteaching.com/SingAWhaleSong.html
There is a link there to an RA file if you want to hear Tom sing it.


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