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Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)

05 Oct 01 - 07:02 PM (#565969)
Subject: One Eyed Cormorant
From: cyder_drinker

Someone sang a song at a session earlier today,
"I'm a one-eyed cormorant who's looking for a shag".

Does anyone have the full words please?
--
Wurzel


09 Oct 01 - 02:51 AM (#568007)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Herga Kitty

Wurzel

I think Pete Macnab has got the words, indeed I think he may have written it - I haven't got his address, but you can probably get it via Verna Connelly, rvconnelly@aol.com.

Kitty


09 Oct 01 - 11:59 AM (#568235)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Charley Noble

Oh, please! Track down this one.;-)


09 Oct 01 - 05:19 PM (#568481)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Mr Red

Pete McNab it is, he lives down in near Cheddar.
Its a cracker
he sang it at the Upton FF in May.
with a name like Wurzel you may be in his area and it may have been him singing it.
ask any folkie in that area of Somerset & they will point you in his direction.
if I get details I will post what I can find.


14 Oct 01 - 08:50 AM (#571709)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Herga Kitty

Wurzel

I saw Verna at Banbury yesterday. She confirmed that Pete McNab wrote the song for a competition at a Scottish festival. He lives in Upper New Road, Cheddar.

Kitty


14 Oct 01 - 09:48 AM (#571723)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: cyder_drinker

Thanks for the info - If the words don't find their way onto this forum, I'll have to try and track this fellow down!


15 Oct 01 - 07:05 PM (#572874)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: fleetwood

refresh - this song sounds as though it shouldn't get away


16 Oct 01 - 04:06 AM (#573148)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Dunc

I can confirm that it was indeed Pete MacNab who wrote this song.
I know 'cause he's my big brother!!!
He came up to visit me at the time of the Glenfarg Village Folk Club's April Folk Feast three or four years ago.
The Folk Feast has a song competition each year and on this occasion the theme was anything to do with birds. (All money raised at the event was donated to a rescue centre for oil damaged sea birds)
He didn't win the competition but came second.
I know he's my brother and that I am bound to be biased but HE WAS ROBBED!!!
Most people, other than the judge, were of a similar opinion.
I don't have the words, but will get in touch with him and get them posted - It is one of the funniest songs he's written and he has come up with a few crackers over the years. (More than me - but thats because he's a LOT older than myself)
Dunc McNab


17 Oct 01 - 03:35 AM (#574000)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Dunc

I have spoken with the man himself to ask him to post the words to this song..... however him modem has passed away to the hardware scrapyard in the sky.
Once he is up and running again..watch this space for the words.


17 Oct 01 - 03:25 PM (#574330)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: GUEST,ANDY

Spoke to Pete tonight he asked me to let you all know that he will release the lyrics to his ornithological song,as soon as he gets his modem sorted, or if I can prize the words out of him by Friday they will appear on this medium for your delectation and delight.


17 Oct 01 - 05:55 PM (#574412)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Charley Noble

We may have to write our own version if you folks don't hurry it up. Mudcats want their music NOW!;-)


22 Oct 01 - 11:24 AM (#577364)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: cyder_drinker

refresh


22 Oct 01 - 11:39 AM (#577377)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler

Thread creep (excuse for old jokes).The boatmen on the Scilly Isles tease the grockles (tourists) that you can tell a cormorant from a shag because one has 12 feathers in its tail and the other has 13.
If anyone asks you the difference, of course, the acceptable answer is: "I don't know, it's a long time since I had a good cormorant".
RtS (what did you expect? Jack Benny?)


22 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM (#577515)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Mr Red

now I can tell that story is a myth because in Kernak the correct form of description for tourist is emmet or as they say in English "ant". Grockles is a term more common in Devon and Zummerset.
a small point but this afternoon I saw the very words posted
and my post on the London folk thread got discombuberated, so we have had a crash. I think today's posts have been cormoranted. Or it took a dive.


22 Oct 01 - 07:13 PM (#577680)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: cyder_drinker

[Mr Red] Where were they posted? Can you do a blue clicky thing?
I have to go away tomorrow morning, and would love to take the words with me...


23 Oct 01 - 12:24 PM (#578131)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: GUEST,Mr Red at work

It may have been brain fade. the thread on "Breathalised" was alo one of my visits. I will try to find Pete's tel no and see what we can do. He may not want to post. Have a nice holiday.


23 Oct 01 - 02:40 PM (#578226)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Mr Red

I rang Pete, and he was aware of the interest. He is in the process of making a CD which is mere weeks away. He will be at Upton Folk Festival in early May.
I told him the story above about the difference between shag & comorant and he (in all seriousness) reported shags are more common in Scotland (!!) comorants in the south, and shag don't venture inland.
Pete has just written a song about a peacock with a limp. A veritable imaginary menagerie.
but sorry - no lyrics he is thinking about publishing, maybe here. Wait for the CD.


24 Oct 01 - 09:20 AM (#578650)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Charley Noble

WE WANT THIS SONG NOW!!!!


01 Nov 01 - 05:38 AM (#583704)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: cyder_drinker

refresh (again)


01 Nov 01 - 12:25 PM (#583985)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Mr Red

Its a cracker, but I don't have the words. Book him for your festival or club. He also sings with Anita and they go under the name of Macanabba. PM me here if you are considering it & I will give you his phone number (at library so don't have it to hand).


07 Oct 02 - 05:04 AM (#798146)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Teribus

Any further news on the CD with this song on it?


07 Oct 02 - 07:36 AM (#798204)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Mr Red

NO - sorry but I will keep one eye on it.............
I'll get my coat


07 Oct 02 - 07:39 AM (#798208)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Teribus

Thanks Mr. Red LOL!!!


12 Feb 04 - 11:56 AM (#1114937)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Fergie

We are running out of patience. Has the CD seen the light of day yet? We want those words NOW. (((please)))
Fergus


13 Feb 04 - 03:42 PM (#1115395)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: GUEST,Peter

refresh...I'm also dying for the lyrics


27 Apr 09 - 06:41 AM (#2619422)
Subject: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Tug the Cox

Has anyone got the lyrics to 'I'm a one eyed cormorant looking for a shag' which is sung to the tune of 'putting on the agony'


27 Apr 09 - 07:17 AM (#2619451)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

I've not got the words but it was written by Pete McNab of Cheddar for a cometition on the theme of ornithology.
He also wrote a sequel to the same tune with the bird's further adventures.


27 Apr 09 - 07:48 PM (#2620052)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Tug the Cox

Thanks for that. Do you have a contact for Pete McNab?


28 Apr 09 - 02:42 AM (#2620214)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Herga Kitty

Jeff - if you're singing with the Exmouth shantymen at Upton, it's probably worth making inquiries there; Pete's been booked at the festival (with Hen's Teeth)in past years.

Kitty


28 Apr 09 - 06:54 AM (#2620335)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Tug the Cox

Will be there. Please point him out Kitty, presuming you/'re going.Jeff


28 Apr 09 - 07:16 AM (#2620342)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Tug the Cox

Hey, just found this old thread, it went cold. I recently opened a new one and hope to trace the elusive mr. McNab to Upton this weekend.


28 Apr 09 - 09:30 AM (#2620430)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Charley Noble

Odd that no one has posted the lyrics to this one in all these years. Are they that vile?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


28 Apr 09 - 03:09 PM (#2620641)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Herga Kitty

We're at a 60th birthday bash in Dorset next weekend, so won't be at Upton. But I'm sure you'll find Pete if he's there!

Kitty


29 Apr 09 - 07:04 AM (#2621089)
Subject: RE: lyrics required Cormorant song
From: Mr Red

Pete was asked some time ago if he would provide the lyrics. He declined then, I was the one who phoned him. There is a thread on it if you go back far enough. Say 10 years max.


29 Apr 09 - 07:23 AM (#2621093)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

Not vile, humerous with plenty of inuendo and terrible puns.

I think that Pete did not want to release the lyrics until he had the song available as a recording and that events have delayed things, I've left the group, Pete and Anita's son is now in New Zealand as far as I know and they have spent some time travelling over there.

Robin


29 Apr 09 - 09:34 AM (#2621170)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant
From: Charley Noble

Robin-

Sounds like my favorite kind of song.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


29 Apr 09 - 05:35 PM (#2621489)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Herga Kitty

Thanks Robin/ BBCW - I was going to suggest contacting you, but had forgotten your Mudcat name!

Kitty


10 Aug 09 - 12:45 PM (#2697043)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST,John C

It was sung on Saturday (8th August) in South Zeal during the Dartmoor Folk festival. Hence my search here to find a copy of the words.


10 Aug 09 - 04:05 PM (#2697160)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Herga Kitty

I have contact info for Pete Mc Nab if you PM me, but you'd need to become a Mudcat member to do that. I would guess that the singer at South Zeal was Gideon Barrett from Hanging Johnny because he was singing in the Oxenham Arms at South Zeal during the Dartmoor Folk Festival...

Kitty


10 Aug 09 - 08:23 PM (#2697363)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Charley Noble

It's just a question of time till this song finally surfaces here.

Charley Noble


11 Aug 09 - 11:45 PM (#2698270)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Jim Dixon

I don't get the etymological meaning of all this, but there seems to be some ornithological punning going on.

Here's Wikipedia's article about the Guanay Cormorant, also known as the Guanay Shag, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii, which lives along the coast of Peru and Chile.

I'm guessing that "Guanay" is pronounced something like "one-eye".


12 Aug 09 - 06:56 AM (#2698423)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Tug the Cox

The pun is in the first line
'I'm a one eyed cormorant looking for a shag'

   a shag is both a name for a member of the cormorant family and a british slang term for sexual intercourse. The song ends with the line....she was my first shag... normally a memorable occasion.


05 Oct 09 - 03:17 PM (#2739042)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST,The elusive pimpernel!

I don't want an Eider duck or a drake that's dressed in drag
The bird I wants a cracker........................

That's all for now folks!!


01 Nov 10 - 09:58 AM (#3020704)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST,rogertheplonker

Has anyone yet got the lyrics to the 'One eyed Cormorant lookin for a Shag' please. Twas sung at the Bampton Folk fest this last weekend, and no doubt many many times before that. A recording would be good enough, to extract the words.

Roger Plonker
apple@applethatch.fsworld.co.uk


02 Nov 10 - 08:57 AM (#3021521)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

I've just come across some old cassettes of our group practices...
but it's not on them!


02 Nov 10 - 03:47 PM (#3021890)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Lady Policeman

Chorus:

Oh I'm a one-eyed cormorant I'm looking for a shag,
I don't want an Eider duck or a drake that's dressed in drag
The bird I want's a cracker, a one eyed little dish
With a twinkle in her one good eye and her breath that smells of fish.........                   (I think)

It was Gideon Barrett from Hanging Johnny who sang it yet again! Always requested. Sorry don't know all the verses.
Great song to lift a session when it's getting a bit dirgy!

Kath


02 Nov 10 - 04:23 PM (#3021945)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle

That sounds brilliant. why don't we have a revolution in this country. Life wouldn't be so bad - we could manage to live through shitty economic times, if you could turn on the telly and hear great songs like that.


02 Nov 10 - 05:25 PM (#3021999)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Herga Kitty

I've not seen Pete McNab at a festival this year, but I have heard Gideon sing One Eyed Cormorant. Might be worth e-mailing Hanging Johnny for info before they disband....

Kitty


03 Nov 10 - 04:52 AM (#3022323)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

Last line of the chorus in Pete's Scottish accent..

Wi' a twinkle in her ain gud ee an' a breath that reeks of fish.


19 Sep 11 - 10:41 AM (#3225559)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Herga Kitty

Thread refresh for Soldierboy...

Kitty


14 Aug 12 - 11:29 AM (#3390062)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Myrtle's cook

Pete sang this song at a sing around at Saltburn festival, but due to aching laughter I forgot to ask for the words.

He then went on to win the Singer Song writer competition with an equally good (though serious) song.

Congratulations sir - should you or your brother pick up this thread!


14 Aug 12 - 02:35 PM (#3390133)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST

I have emailed Pete McNab on two occasions within the last year to ask him if I could use this song in my reportoire, I have not had a reply to either of them.
That of course is his choice, a reply would have been nice if only to say no.
As Harvey Andrews said to me some years back a song not sung is a dead song.


01 Nov 15 - 09:27 AM (#3747909)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST

Never heard Pete Singh the song. But it would be hard to surpass Gideon Barretts version. We have heard him sing it many a time, the song is best sung standing on a chair, it's the physical actions that makes the song ad well. we had the pleasure of him singing it for us at our wedding in Dublin last year in O'Donohues of Merrion Row.

Roy & Mags Dublin Ireland


01 Nov 15 - 12:28 PM (#3747940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: Herga Kitty

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Gideon was singing it in Bampton over this last weekend!

Kitty


01 Nov 15 - 09:25 PM (#3748046)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: EBarnacle

Please bring the mudlark song to these pages already.


02 Nov 15 - 12:16 PM (#3748145)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: GUEST,Guest TF

I have all the words!


02 Nov 15 - 02:02 PM (#3748156)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: breezy

I Know Gideon

Last seen walking the plank


21 Jan 16 - 09:40 AM (#3767180)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Eyed Cormorant (Pete McNab)
From: severed-head

I don't have the lyrics but you can hear the song here
Live at Harwich Shanty Festival
Someone with better hearing than me may be able to transcribe the lyrics!
Garry