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songs about building boats/ships?

Micca 11 Dec 04 - 06:56 PM
Nancy King 11 Dec 04 - 06:40 PM
John MacKenzie 11 Dec 04 - 06:32 PM
beetle cat 11 Dec 04 - 06:03 PM
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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Micca
Date: 11 Dec 04 - 06:56 PM

There is, of course, the Dick Swain setting of the poem about the The "Marco Polo" and the figurehead carver that has the chorus (as best I can remember) which goes

" While my hand is steady, while my eyes are good
I will carve the beauty of the wind into the wood"

I truly moving song and brilliant piece of work about a figurehead carver visualising his work at the bow of the clipper ship leading it home. If it isnt in the DT search the Forum I am sure there has been a thread .

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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: Nancy King
Date: 11 Dec 04 - 06:40 PM

Hmmm, the closest I can come is one about cutting the wood that was used to build ships. "Mauling Live Oak" is on The Boarding Party's second album, "Fair Winds and a Following Sea," (Folk-Legacy FSI-109 or C-109), and is about how miserable it was for lumbermen from Maine to go down to the swamps of the South to cut, or "maul" the live oak trees which made the best wood for shipbuilding. The song doesn't get into the actual building of the ships, so might not do for your purposes, but it's kind of a fun song. Alas, I do not find it on the Folk-Legacy web site at this point, but I'll bet if you called F-L, they'd be able to send you a cassette or make you a "custom CD" of it. It's a good album -- lots of great sea songs.


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Subject: RE: songs about building boats/ships?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 11 Dec 04 - 06:32 PM

Bluenose ??? Martin

Shipyard Apprentice Archie Fisher


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Subject: songs about building boats/ships?
From: beetle cat
Date: 11 Dec 04 - 06:03 PM

I can only think of a few songs that even mention or allude to the building of a boat, such as Roll Alabama (the first few verses, and then it is sinks to the bottom of the sea!!), or maybe Lukey's Boat (because he did a bad job).

So does anyone know any songs that credit the shipwrights, ships carpenters, or boat builders as anything besides deceitful murderers (the ship carpenters wife, the cruel ship's carpenter, the ship's carpenter...)

they are really not always that evil.. in fact I know a few very nice ones.. and it is troubling that I cant think of any folk songs praising the work they do, especially since it is such a folkish occupation.


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