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Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea

Robin2 30 Nov 03 - 10:06 PM
John Hardly 30 Nov 03 - 10:27 PM
Robin2 30 Nov 03 - 11:07 PM
Joe Offer 30 Nov 03 - 11:37 PM
John Hardly 30 Nov 03 - 11:45 PM
Robin2 01 Dec 03 - 12:03 AM
Robin2 01 Dec 03 - 12:30 AM
Jim Dixon 02 Dec 03 - 09:16 AM
GUEST,Arkie 02 Dec 03 - 09:45 AM
Robin2 02 Dec 03 - 10:52 PM
GUEST,John Telling 03 Mar 21 - 02:23 PM
Joe Offer 16 Aug 21 - 05:37 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 17 Aug 21 - 04:21 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Robin2
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 10:06 PM

I found this online once, but can't seem to find it again. Anyone have words?

robin2


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Subject: Lyr Add: WAVE THE OCEAN, WAVE THE SEA
From: John Hardly
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 10:27 PM

WAVE THE OCEAN, WAVE THE SEA

The prettiest girl I ever saw
Stood on the banks of the Arkansas.
Her cheeks were red and her eyes were green,
The prettiest thing that ever I'd seen.

CHORUS (after each verse):
Wave the ocean. Wave the sea.
Wave that pretty girl back to me.
Wave the ocean and wave the sand.
Wave this way and wave again.
Back, turn, and swing.

I courted her a many a night.
We strolled the lane with hearts alight.
Before I asked her for her hand,
My country called me to a foreign land.

It was three long years till I returned.
I wasn't ready for what I learned.
As I set sail on a silver tide,
A fever had stolen away my bride.

I'll go down to the silver strand
Where waves come crashing upon the land.
I'll take this ring that was for my bride
And throw it into the rolling tide.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Robin2
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 11:07 PM

thanks John!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 11:37 PM

Do we know anything more about this song? Is it a recent comoposition?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: John Hardly
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 11:45 PM

I just know it from a Tim O'Brien CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Robin2
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 12:03 AM

All I know is it seems to be based on a southern square dance called by a similar name. The tune is crooked, and so is the dance

         "Wave the ocean, wave the sea
          Wave that pretty girl back to me
          Wave the ocean, wave the shore,
          Wave this time and wave no more
          Swing your corner
          Now your partner"

southern squares


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Robin2
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 12:30 AM

A little more checking says the song is listed as traditional, but some of the verses are additions. Anyone else know more?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 09:16 AM

Tim & Mollie O'Brien recorded it on their album "Take Me Back," 1988.

At Mollie O'Brien's website, it says "trad., additional lyrics by Tim O'Brien."

A Utah bluegrass band called Lincoln Highway performs it. You can hear the complete song (very nicely done) at their website. The lyrics are nearly the same as those above, except the words "Back, turn, and swing" are omitted. They don't say where they learned it.

Paul & Win Grace and Family, of Columbia, MO, have recorded it, as described in this article at The Old-Time Herald.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 09:45 AM

The dance calls are cetainly traditional and Tim O'Brien probably added the verses. The figure is one of the favorites of the old time dancers in this part of the Ozarks and has been for at least four generations. I've called it many a time, and it is beautiful to watch as well as a joy to dance. Our calls are:

Wave the ocean, wave the sea,
Wave that pretty girl back to me,
Wave the ocean, wave the sand,
Wave that pretty girl by the hand,
Wave the ocean wave the shore,
Wave this time and wave no more,
Odd couple swing
And join the ring


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Robin2
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 10:52 PM

Arkie,

I agree, it is a wonderful dance that we also do here in Kentucky. The tune as done by Tim O'Brien doesn't really work for the dance, but it is fun to sing!

Robin2


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: GUEST,John Telling
Date: 03 Mar 21 - 02:23 PM

Does anyone have the tune notation for this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Aug 21 - 05:37 PM

Joe - needs cleanup


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: wave the ocean, wave the sea
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 04:21 AM

I remember first hearing this song from one of Alan Lomax's albums from his 1959 trip through the south. It was sung by Neil Morris the father of Jimmy Driftwood. Accompanied on the mouth bow by Charlie Everidge.
I suspect that Tim O'Brien got it from there.


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