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FreddyHeadey 24 Feb 16 - 08:44 PM
GUEST,leeneia 24 Feb 16 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,leeneia 24 Feb 16 - 11:39 AM
FreddyHeadey 24 Feb 16 - 04:56 AM
Jack Campin 23 Feb 16 - 07:23 PM
GUEST,guest 13 Sep 11 - 09:51 AM
Richard Mellish 11 Sep 11 - 06:31 PM
Charley Noble 11 Sep 11 - 02:21 PM
GUEST,999 10 Sep 11 - 06:21 PM
Jack Campin 10 Sep 11 - 06:14 PM
framus 24 Feb 11 - 02:17 PM
Charley Noble 24 Feb 11 - 07:46 AM
harmonic miner 24 Feb 11 - 05:16 AM
GUEST,DonMeixner 23 Feb 11 - 11:40 PM
GUEST,mg 23 Feb 11 - 10:30 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 23 Feb 11 - 08:51 PM
Charley Noble 23 Feb 11 - 08:18 PM
GUEST 23 Feb 11 - 10:40 AM
Charley Noble 23 Feb 11 - 07:57 AM
Bounty Hound 23 Feb 11 - 05:25 AM
EBarnacle 22 Feb 11 - 10:59 PM
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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Feb 16 - 08:44 PM

I thought you were being poetic.
Very 'Dylan Thomas'.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Feb 16 - 11:43 AM

oops I meant to type "rowing our rowboat."


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Feb 16 - 11:39 AM

I'm glad to see this thread. We need more songs to sing while roaring our rowboat.

Here's the URL of the group Hal and Toe singing the shanty 'Marco Polo'. Cap'n Bob provided lyrics for this in December, 2004, upthread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHILa0wEd7A


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Subject: Lyr Add: SPRINGTIME AT THE BOATYARD (Jo Bell)
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Feb 16 - 04:56 AM

Not a song but the post and today's sunshine reminded me of a lovely piece of writing here

SPRINGTIME AT THE BOATYARD
Jo Bell

You can keep your cuckoos.
We hear Spring's first song
in the sound of angle-grinders,
brazen as a mating call across the yard:
the saw blades and the welders,
working between weathers
like a nesting bird; and swarf
as bright as daffodils on workshop floors.

You can keep your catkins;
we have rust like pollen on our skins.
We walk between steel shells
and smell the fresh blue boiler suits
of all the coming days,
when warmth will stretch our hulls
and make of summer evenings a shed
for building this year's stories.



Springtime at the boatyard - Jo Bell  


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TARRING OF THE YOLL (George Riddell)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 07:23 PM

Found it. "101 Scottish Songs" selected by Norman Buchan, 1972 reprint.

THE TARRING OF THE YOLL (George Riddell)

X:1
T:The Tarrin' o' the Yoll
S:Norman Buchan: 101 Scottish Songs, 1972
C:George Riddell
M:4/4
L:1/16
Q:1/4=120
K:DMin
A2|{A}"Dm"d3d d3c "Am"A4 A3A|"Gm"G3G     G3G "Am"A4 A3
w:Ae nicht in Buch-an hav-en, a toon less kent than Lev-en,
 A|{A}"Dm"dd3 d3c "Am"A4 A4 |"Dm"F3G "Am"E3F "Dm"D8   |
w:Young bill-ies sax or sev-en cam' to tar oor yoll.
          D3E F3G     A4 A3A|"Gm"G3G     G3G "Am"A4 A3
w:Jim-mi-kie an' An-dy an' John-ni-kie an' San-dy,
 A|   "Dm"d3d d3c "Am"A4 A3A|"Dm"F3G "Am"E3F "Dm"D4  |]
w:wi' Will-ock-ie the dan-dy, cam' a' to tar oor yoll.


Wi' muckle din an' laughin', wi' skirlin' and chaffin',
The lassies neist cam' daffin', to help to tar the yoll.
Maggie's Jessie's Jeanie, an' fernticklet Teenie,
Wi' little gabblin' Beenie, cam' a' to tar the yoll.

This blyth an' merry meeting set a' their hearts a-beatin'
So while the tar was heatin' they close the-gither stole.
Jimmikie kissed Jeanie, an' Johnnikie squeezed Teenie,,
While Andy kittled Beenie, jist in-ahint the yoll.

The midst o' a' this teasin' an' cuddlin' an' squeezin'
The tar pot went a-bleezin' and nearly brunt the yoll.
Sandy fell ower Jeanie, an' Andy trippit Teenie,
While Jimmikie an' Beenie baith tum'let in a hole.

Noo Jimmikie an' Andy, an' Johnnikie an' Sandy
An' Beenie the wee randy that tum'let in a hole,
Declare it was the teasin' an' cuddlin' an' squeezin'
That set the pot a-bleezin', at the tarrin' o the yoll.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 09:51 AM

check out sally ironmongers    no ships its about the closure of chatham dockyard


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 06:31 PM

> An amazing song!

Unfortunately not, unless someone has put a tune to it. It was one of the monologues that Freddy McKay used to do.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 02:21 PM

An amazing song!

Many thanks!

Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DIAGONAL STEAM-TRAP (Crawford Howard)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 06:21 PM

THE DIAGONAL STEAM -TRAP
by
Crawford Howard

Now they built a big ship down in Harland's
She was made for to sell to the Turks-
And they called on the Yard's chief designer
To design all the engines and works.

Now finally the engines was ready
And they screwed in the very last part
An' yer man says `Let's see how she runs, lads!
An' bejasus! the thing wouldn't start!

So they pushed and they worked an' they footered
An' the engineers' faces got red
The designer he stood lookin' stupid
An' scratchin' the back o' his head.

But while they were fiddlin' and workin'
Up danders oul' Jimmie Dalzell
He had worked twenty years in the `Island'
And ten in the `aircraft' as well.

So he pushed and he worked and he muttered
Till he got himself through to the front
And he has a good look roun' the engine
An' he gives a few mutters and grunts,

And then he looks up at the gaffer
An' says he `Mr Smith, d'ye know?
They've left out the Diagonal Steam Trap!
How the hell d'ye think it could go?'

Now the engineer eyed the designer
The designer he looks at the `hat'
And they whispered the one to the other
Diagonal Steam Trap? What's that?'

But the Gaffer, he wouldn't admit, like
To not knowin' what this was about,
So he says `Right enough, we were stupid!
The Diagonal Steam Trap's left out!'

Now in the meantime oul' Jimmie had scarpered
Away down to throw in his boord
And the Gaffer comes up and says `Jimmy!
D'ye think we could have a wee word.

Ye see that Diagonal Steam Trap?
I know it's left out - it's bad luck
But the engine shop's terrible busy
D'ye think ye could knock us one up?'

Now, oul' Jimmy was laughin' his scone off
He had made it all up for a gag
He'd seen what was stoppin' the engine -
The feed-pipe was blocked with a rag!

But he sticks the oul' hands in the pockets
An' he says `Aye, I'll give yez a han'!
I'll knock yes one up in the mornin'
An' the whole bloody thing will be grand!'

So oul' Jim starts to work the next morning
To make what he called a Steam Trap,
An oul' box an' a few bits of tubing
An' a steam gauge stuck up on the top,

An' he welds it all on to the engine
And he says to the wonderin' mob
As long as that gauge is at zero
The Steam Trap is doin' its job!'

Then he pulls the rag outa the feed pipe
An' he gives the oul' engine a try
An' bejasus! she goes like the clappers
An' oul' Jimmy remarks `That's her nye!'

Now the ship was the fastest seen ever
So they sent her away to the Turks
But they toul' them `That Steam Trap's a secret!
We're the only ones knows how it works!

But the Turks they could not keep their mouths shut
An' soon the whole story got roun'
An' the Russians got quite interested...
Them boys has their ears to the groun'!

So they sent a spy dressed as a sailor
To take photies of Jimmy's Steam Trap
And they got them all back to the Kremlin
An' they stood round to look at the snaps.

Then the head spy says `Mr Kosygin!
I'm damned if I see how that works!
So they sent him straight off to Siberia
An' they bought the whole ship from the Turks!

When they found the Steam Trap was a `cod', like,
They couldn't admit they'd been had
So they built a big factory in Moscow
To start makin' Steam Traps like mad!

Then Kosygin rings up Mr Nixon
And he says `Youse'uns thinks yez are great!
But wi' our big new Russian-made Steam Trap
Yez'll find that we've got yez all bate!'

Now oul' Nixon, he nearly went `harpic'
So he thought he'd give Harland's a call
And he dialled the engine-shop number
And of course he got sweet bugger all!

But at last the call came through to Jimmy
In the midst of a terrible hush,
`There's a call for you here, from the White House!'
Says oul' Jim, `That's a shop in Portrush!'

There's a factory outside of Seattle
Where they're turnin' out Steam Traps like Hell
It employs twenty-five thousand workers
And the head of it... Jimmy Dalzell!


from

The Session: Discussions - The fenian record player


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 06:14 PM

I tried again to find "The Tarring of the Yole" which I mentioned up there a bit. Again, nothing from Google. And Bing gives me this helpful suggestion:

Related Searches for +tarring of the yole
    * Riders of the Rohan
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    * Angiogram of the Heart
    * Adenomyosis of the Uterus


Nobody here know? I suspect John Watt knows it and may have written it himself.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: framus
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 02:17 PM

Anybody heard The Diagonal Steam Trap, Crawford Howard?
Don't know it all, but it starts,
They built a big ship down at Harland's,
It was built for to sell to the Turks.
And they got all the Yard's chief designers,
To design all the engines and works.

Quite long,quite funny about a fitter who outsmarts the "Hats".

Davy.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 07:46 AM

"So I'm headed out on to them lonesome oceans
In my rubystudded houseboat to roam"

Wow, what an image!

Charley Noble, shivering in his timbers


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: harmonic miner
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 05:16 AM

'The carpenter' by guy clark


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 11:40 PM

did he also say to make it out of hickory bark?


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 10:30 PM

did someone mention god said to noah build me an ark..


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEAVENLY HOUSEBOAT BLUES (T. Van Zandt)
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 08:51 PM

I'm building a houseboat in heaven
To sail those deep and holy seas
I'm building a houseboat in heaven
And it's welcome aboard you sweet peace

The bow she is made of solid silver
And the hall she is made of solid gold
She ain't much long the line's a-floating
But she's yours, babe, to have and to hold

I rode my old guitar to heaven
But heaven didn't feel too much like home
So I'm headed out on to them lonesome oceans
In my ruby-studded houseboat to roam

Well that was Townes for ya.

D


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 08:18 PM

"Heavenly houseboat" by townes van zandt? Do tell us more!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 10:40 AM

'Heavenly houseboat' by townes van zandt. 'Boats to build' by guy clark


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 07:57 AM

Eric-

"Jamie Green"? That sail is still a mystery to me but C. Fox Smith mentions it in two other poems. The best I can come up with is that the "Jamie Green" is one of the extra sails a captain would add in the hope of gaining a little more speed. It is not a staysail, a stunsail, topsail, or ringtail. It may be one of the "dainty skysails" or one of the "water sails."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 05:25 AM

Not quite building, but a bit of a makeover!

The Rosemary

From Ian Hendrie's excellent site Songs of the Inland Waterways

some excellent stuff there, well worth a browse around.

John


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 10:59 PM

OK, Charley. I know all of them except the Jamie Green. What is it?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THEY MADE SAILS (C. Fox Smith)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 04:18 PM

There is also a tribute poem by C. Fox Smith for the sailmakers:

THEY MADE SAILS

In the old raftered loft
Where the winds blow
Like thin querulous voices
Out of long ago,
And the cobwebs sway
To and fro, to and fro,
Like the fine top-hamper
Etching out the sky
Of a tall square-rigger
In a time gone by . . .

In the old raftered loft
They made sails . . .

Moonsails, skysails
(To deck a new-built clipper),
Stunsails, trysails
(To suit a racing skipper),
Mainsails, to'gans'ls,
Great sails and small,
In the old raftered loft
They made them all . . .

Yonder where the sun strikes
On the rutted floor,
Old Sails used to sit
Forty years or more,
Like an old bald Buddha,
Squatting on his throne,
Where the girls come with garlands
And the yellow monks intone.
There he'd sit and yarn
Hour by hour
About the Blackwall frigate
Owen Glendower,
Where he learned his trade
A dog watch ago,
Striding down the Tropic
With her tacks boarded
And a wake like snow . . .

In the old raftered loft
He made sails . . .

They drooped in the Doldrums
Dark with tropic dew;
They stooped in the Forties
When the West winds blew;
They flushed like Alps at sunrise
In the dawn's first glow;
They took the last daylight,
Tall towers of snow . . .
When it was "Watch, aloft and furl it"
In the black Horn night;
And "Shake another reef out"
At the first gleam of light;
Give her all she'll carry
Through the Trade Wind foam,
By the great Lord Harry
Crack it on for home . . .

Outer jibs, flying jibs
(Killers of men),
Ringtail and Jamie Green
(They will not come again).
Stunsails, skysails
(To dress a flying clipper),
Every sort of handkercher
To suit a racing skipper . . .

Big sails and little sails
For ships great and small,
In the old raftered loft
They made them all . . .


Notes:

From Punch Magazine, Volume 222, February 21, 1951, pp. 240-241.

There are not many contemporary sailors who could name all these sails, or would know their function.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 03:46 PM

Can't recall if I am repeating myself..but there are songs about sailmakers somewhere..the figurehead carver of course..and Matt Moeller has a great one about the anchor being made. mg


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 03:20 PM

Two songs by John Tams

Hold Back the Tide; written for The Ship in the 1990 European City of Culture Festival in Glasgow.

When the ship meets the river
Men's hearts sail away

All Clouds the Sky; written for The Good Hope, National Theatre, London 2001-2002

And we ride the flood and trust to glory
Some planks of wood no thicker than your thumb


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Subject: Lyr Add: THEY BUILT SHIPS (C. Fox Smith)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 02:24 PM

There is a C. Fox Smith poem in tribute to the ship-builders:

THEY BUILT SHIPS

Nigh the mouldering staithe
Where the lads came to bathe,
And the tidal river as it passes
Licks with salty lips
The wiry grasses
Where the cattle graze,
There, in the old days,
They built ships . . .

Staunch little ships they built here,
Craft with coastwise rigs,
Schooners, ketches, brigs,
That sailed many a year
With their homely freights –
Cornish clay, granite, Bethesda slates –
To and fro between Fowey and Falmouth, Runcorn and Wales,
Dipping both rails under in the Channel gales,
Beating up to wind'ard with the sunlight on their sails . . .

There were bustle and noise then,
Voices of boys and men,
And the clean shipyard smells
Of sawdust, paint and tar;
You could hear from far

Late and soon
The anvil's clang,
And the caulkers' mallets as they rang
All in time and tune,
Like a peal of bells . . .

But now it's ended and done;
Thirty years a gone
The last ship left the ways,
With her bunting flying,
And the gulls crying
All around her, and the folks cheering from the riverside
To see her take her tide . . .

And by the rotting staithe,
Where the lads came to bathe,
No stir of life is seen
And over the old slips
Where they used to build ships
The grass grows green . . .

Notes:

From Punch Magazine, Volume 222, January 21, 1951, p. 127.

This was one of the last poems that Smith published before her death in 1954. I don't know if the world really needs another dirge but this poem is certainly a candidate.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 02:22 PM

The Sally Ironmonger Trio do

No Ships - written to accompany a BBC documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of the closure of Chatham Dockyard.

Love it!

Here is a tiny little snip

http://www.myspace.com/242542688/music/songs/No-Ships-50615882


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOLDER AND WELD(?)
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 04:03 PM

I have one about the welders on the old ships..

See if I can recall it...

Solder and weld solder and weld
I once was a student but I was expelled
I told my old man and he hollered and yelled
Didn't raise you to solder and weld dear Billy
Didn't raise you to solder and weld

I got me a torch I got me a lamp
Got me an ache and I got me a cramp
I hang upside down in the cold and the damp
All day as I solder and weld ---- all day as I solder and weld

I hang upside down in the hull of a ship
And I pray that my fingers will not lose their grip
I know what would happen if they ever should slip
There'd be no more solder and weld for poor Billy
Be no more solder and weld

We breathe in the mold we breathe in the dust
we breathe in asbestos we breath in the rust
there's not any air us welders can trust
all day as we solder and weld how it smelled
all day as we solder and weld

Some day i'll ask the God who made steel
did you think of the heat us poor welders would feel
it makes the hereafter seem a little more real
just don't make me solder and weld for eternity don't make me solder and weld


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOAH FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 12:01 PM

Oh...sure! I've been singing this one for years:

"The Lord looked down from his window in the sky,
Said "I created man but I don't remember why -
Nothing but fighting since creation day
I'll send a little water and wash them all away."

The Lord came down to look around a spell,
And there was Mr. Noah behaving mighty well
And that is the reason the Scriptures record
That Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

CHORUS:
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,
And he landed high and dry.

The Lord said "Noah, there's gonna be a flood
There's gonna be some water and there's gonna be some mud
So take off your hat, Noah, take off your coat,
Get Ham, Shem, and Japheth and build yourself a boat.

Noah said, "Lord, I don't believe I could."
The Lord said, "Noah, get some gopher wood,
Never know what you can do till you try,
Build it fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high."

CHORUS

Noah said, "There she is, there she is, Lord!"
The Lord said, "Noah, it's time to get aboard;
Take of each creature a he and a she
And of course Mrs. Noah and your whole family."

Noah said, "Lord, it's getting mighty dark."
The Lord said, "Noah, get those creatures on the Ark."
Noah said, "Lord, it's beginning to pour."
The Lord said, "Noah, hurry up and shut the door."

CHORUS

The Ark rose up on the bosom of the deep,
And after forty days Mr. Noah took a peep;
Said, "We're not moving, Lord, where are we at?"
The Lord said, "You're sitting right on Mount Ararat."

Noah said, "Lord, it's getting mighty dry,"
The Lord said, "Noah, see my rainbow in the sky,
Take all your creatures and people the earth
But be sure you're not more trouble than you're worth."

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: open mike
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 11:56 AM

as per my post from 13 dec 2004
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K00u77GK5Yc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ4I-aXuUeA&feature=related

also there must be songs about Noah...and the (hickory) Ark


Well, well, well, who's that a callin'
Well, well, well, hold my hand...
God said Noah "build me an ark"
"Build it out of hickory bark..
the old ark's a movin'
the water starts to fall...

http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=8187

see also: this thread http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=1635
and the 5 other links referenced at the beginning fo the thread..


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 10:38 AM

Well, just listened, and that's a fine song, Mark. Too many songs about sailors, and far too few about the men who enable them to BE sailors....


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Pig William
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 06:44 AM

Hi, sorry it took a while (bit of internet trouble at home etc). Here is a link to an MP3 which you can download:

Oak knees and copper nails

Slightly rough demo recording, but it gives an idea of the tune - hope you enjoy it...


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Pig William
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 05:17 PM

Ah, a good question... I'll see if I have an MP3 anywhere, otherwise I'll record one when I get the chance and put up a link. Thanks for asking about it,

Cheers, Mark


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: janemick
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 04:53 PM

"OAK KNEES AND COPPER NAILS
Words and music by Mark Ashworth"

Nice song, can you give us an idea of the tune please?


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Subject: Lyr Add: OAK KNEES AND COPPER NAILS
From: Pig William
Date: 11 Aug 10 - 04:11 PM

Some great songs mentioned above. Just to add to the mix, here's one I wrote a few years ago inspired by the title of an exhibition in Whitstable about the history of the local shipbuilding industry - the phrase "Oak knees and copper nails" seemed too good not to be in a song, so I made one up to go with it.

OAK KNEES AND COPPER NAILS
Words and music by Mark Ashworth

The wisest choice I ever made
Was to sign on for the shipwright's trade
I work all day by the salt sea strand
But I sleep each night upon dry land
I learned my trade the best I could
I choose the trees, I shape the wood
With a careful eye and a steady hand
For a hull that will the waves withstand

CHORUS:
Oak knees and copper nails
To build a boat to bear the sails
To carry a crew of Kent-born men
Safely out and home again

My brother works on an oyster smack
He says the dredging damn' near breaks your back
It's hard enough work for little pay
But he seldom sails beyond the bay
While the colliers ply 'neath skies like lead
To keep the fires of London fed
On the cold North Sea far out from shore
From Tyne to Thames and back once more

(CHORUS)

And there's not a family along this shore
But knows the danger sailors do endure
And when their loved ones on the seas must roam
They hope for fair winds to bring them home
So as I labour by the water's side
I watch the sky, the waves and tide
And I pray my work it will not fail
To bring men safe through storm and gale

(CHORUS)


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: greg stephens
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:49 AM

Memory is coming back. Re previous post, it wasn't at Whitby, it was at Edinburgh Folk Festival, and was on a beach down at Leith or somewhere near. I think Bob Pegg probably wrote the songs.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: greg stephens
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:46 AM

I remember a play/event called The Shipbuilder, possibly at Whitby Folk Festival a while back(15ish years?). Outside on a bit of a beach somewhere, anyway. Taffy Thomas directing, I think, John Kirkpatrick and various folks on the music. Don't know who wrote the songs, or what they were like: but a certain amount of shipbuilding was involved, as the name would suggest. Ring any bells, anyone?


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 05:51 AM

Many good songs are mentioned here but my favorite is We Built This Old Ship by Jim Stewart and Gordon Bok.

...for they say that a new age soon will beset us,
their engines and boilers will soon rule the day
and the time will arise that time will forget us
like the sawdust around us we'll all blow away..


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 05:35 AM

There is a Scottish song (from East Fife?) "The Tarring of the Yole", in which they throw a party while doing it and get so distracted they set the boat on fire.

Googling "tarring of the yole" doesn't find me any reference to this. But it does produce one of the most mysterious texts I've seen:
http://www.lycaeum.org/mv/ircbot/PARALINGUA2.php?VOLUME=154&ARTICLE=222&PAGE=219&REF=T%E1zoit

Not one word resembles anything I know (no loanwords). Anyone identify the language?


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,Pasher
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 04:29 AM

"Robert Wyatt's beautiful song" shipbuilding was covered by Elvis Costello"

I'm pretty sure its the other way around - it was written by EC
But its still a beautiful song and one of my 'desert island discs'.

I've got an apacela version somewhere by Notts Alliance


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Subject: Lyr Add: ENEZ KOALEN
From: GUEST,janemick
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 03:48 AM

there is a French song, written by Hervé Guillemer of St Brieuc, Brittany, called Enez Koalen. It has become on of those songs that people think is traditional, although it was written 20-odd years ago. It is possible (at a cost) to have a day out in the boat, and it can be seen at most of the fêtes maritimes of Northern Brittany

ENEZ KOALEN

Ecoutez braves gens
Une bien belle histoire
Celle d'Enez Koalen
Homardier d'Loguivy
Tout en bois joli
Il est né près d'ici
Sur les bords du Jaudi
Dans les chantiers Clochet.

Dans tout les bistrots de Loguivy
On parle de grands' voiles de flèches et de trinquettes

Et vous vieil gens
Vous souvenez-vous ?
De ces voiles qui partaient
Affronter le Raz de Sein
Les visages burinés
Par des mois de mer
Et les mains usés
A virer les casiers.

Dans tout les bistrots de Loguivy
On parle de grands' voiles de flèches et de trinquettes

Ils s'appelaient
Le Belec et Guilloux
Marins de Loguivy
De Bréhat de Pleubian
Ils avaient du courage
Et de pauvres moyens
Mais aussi la fierté
D'être de vrais marins.

Dans tout les bistrots de Loguivy
On parle de grands' voiles de flèches et de trinquettes

Enez Koalen               
Tu seras le témoin
Au temps présent
Des voilures d'antan.
Enez Koalen            
Tu seras le témoin   
Au temps présent   
Des voilures d'antan.      

Dans tout les bistrots de Loguivy
On parle de grands' voiles de flèches et de trinquettes

Enez Koalen : c'est l'île du Bois des Renards situé à l'embouchure du Trieux sur la commune de Lanmodez.
Elle a donné son nom à un homardier de Loguivy, construit par le charpentier Yvon Clochet (La Roche Jaune-Tréguier) pour l'Ecole de Mer du Trégor, Association Commune, et lancé lors du Défi des ports de pêche le jeudi 20 avril 1989 à 16 heures
La chanson a été écrite par Hervé Guillemer le lendemain du lancement dans le carré du St Guénolé au mouillage de la Corderie à Bréhat

roughly translated:
Enez Koalen : is the breton name of the island 'woods of the fox' at the mouth of the river Trieux in the commune of Lanmodez.
It gives its name to a lobster boat from Loguivy-de-la-Mer, constructed by the boatyard of Yvon Clochet (of La Roche Jaune-Tréguier)for the association 'the Sea School of Trégor' and launched during the Challenge of the fishing harbours on Thursday, April 20th, 1989 at 4 pm
The song was written by Hervé Guillemer the day after the launching in the square of St Guénolé in the anchorage of the Ropemaking industry in Bréhat.

information about the boat
a recording of the song


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Nick E
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 06:38 PM

Lukey's Boat has a bit about how the boat was constructed.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 11:17 PM

Gary-
you might enjoy Fred Gosbee's "Stone Sloops" from his Ballad of Cappy John album


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Swave N. Deboner
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 10:10 AM

Here's one about the demise of shipbuilding on the Clyde. "The River", from Battlefield Band's "Quiet Day's" album.

To listen, go here:

http://www.battlefieldband.co.uk/olddiscographypages/quietdays.htm

There's an mp3 link to the song in the track listing.

Cheers

SND


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 08:30 AM

Barrie Temple's "River Days" was written about the end of shipbuilding at The Swan Hunter yard on the Tyne. A very nice song indeed.

Ob


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 07:08 AM

Robert Wyatt's beautiful song" shipbuilding was covered by Elvis Costello but the original is even more powerful. Somebody said that people get filled in for saying that people get killed in the results of this shipbuilding. Saw it on the Old Grey whistle Test and it stuck with me. "Diving for dear life when we could be diving for pearls"


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF THE Q4 (Matt McGinn)
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 16 Dec 04 - 06:23 AM

No-one so far has mentioned Matt McGinn's "Ballad of the Q4".

Excuse me (and feel free to correct me) if I get any of this wrong. As far as I remember, Q4 was the name given, while under construction, to the vessel that would become the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth II".

I can remember, as a boy, sailing Doon the Watter, and seeing the construction on the Q4. I've still got the photos somewhere.

Fom the official Matt McGinn site:

http://mattmcginn.info/Ballad%20of%20Q42.html
(there is a JPG with the melody on that page)


The Ballad Of The Q4
(Matt McGinn)

The Mary and the Lizzie they were made right here
But you'll never see the likes of them I fear.
They were the finest on the silver sea.
They were built by the hands of men like me.

Chorus
Thank you, Dad, for all your skill
But the Clyde is a river that'll no stand still.
You did gey well, but we'll do more.
Make way for the finest of them all, Q4.

We have an order we'll fulfil
With a touch o' the master and a bit more skill.
Now the backroom boys are under way
And the pens will be rolling till the launching day.

There's Big Tom O'Hara with his burning gear
The plumber and the plater and the engineer
There's young Willie Wylie with his welding rod
They're waiting at the ready for the backroom nod.

We'll burn and cut and shape and bend
We'll be welding and riveting and in the end
When the painter's dabbed his final coat
We'll be launching the finest ever ship afloat.

We've worked and sweated and toiled and now
See the expert's hand from stern to bow
She's ready for the torments o' the sea
She's a credit to the Clyde and you and me.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 08:10 PM

Steve Romanoff's "Boats of Stone" on Schooner Fare's OUR MAINE SONGS. A personal favorite of mine mostly because it's a tribute to the New England stonecutting trade in the early 1800's and the early building of the major Northeastern cities. Appeals to me as a structural engineer, unsurprisingly. But there is at least one reference to those who built the boats themselves.

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: mg
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 07:30 PM

for Linda Allen..I had the link and lost it..but just google Linda Allen..go to her home page..disocgraphy...she has some full-length Mp3s you can listen to and one is the one about the welders. mg


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: beetle cat
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 07:14 PM

definitely.
thanks!


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: open mike
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 06:57 PM

here is another recent mention i saw on the subject of boats, ships, building etc...a song by Gram Parsons--i have not heard it but i just ordered the disc, so if anyone is interested i can transcribe it after it arrives by post! the album is called:
Jesus Built a Ship to Sing a Song To: A Tribute To Gram Parsons


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