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Thread #49942   Message #756917
Posted By: Charley Noble
30-Jul-02 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Windlass Shanty-Lincoln Colcord Rework
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Windlass Shanty-Lincoln Colcord Rework
MMario- I really didn't take it as a dig, and I appreciate the never ending work you do tracking down tunes. We've just finshed taping and the MP3 file is a modest 419 kb.

Here's the original poem, which upon viewing it again I have to admit I'm done some radical folk-processing:

By Lincoln Colcord (1883-1947) From Sea Stories from Searsport to Singapore North Country Press, 1987

Windlass Chanty (original poem)

Oh, soon she'll bite the swell, the breeze is singing,
Sandy Hook is dropping fast astern!
Come, walk her up, my boys, the pawls are ringing,
And the long low coast goes down.
Then it's good-bye, and a year we'll be a-sailing,
Sandy Hook is dropping fast astern!
So, sheet your topsails home, the dawn is paling,
And the long low coast goes down.

Lincold Colcord was actually born on a square-rigged ship rounding Cape Horn in a gale, no less. But as he acknowledged later he was born too late "The day of sailing vessels was done."

I'd hope he'd like what I've done with his poem.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble