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Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat

The Fooles Troupe 13 Feb 05 - 08:53 PM
EBarnacle 13 Feb 05 - 11:39 PM
Genie 13 Feb 05 - 11:55 PM
Bob Bolton 13 Feb 05 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,Mingulay at work 14 Feb 05 - 05:21 AM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Feb 05 - 05:51 AM
SINSULL 14 Feb 05 - 10:26 AM
Charley Noble 14 Feb 05 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Mingulay at work 14 Feb 05 - 11:34 AM
Little Robyn 14 Feb 05 - 01:53 PM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Feb 05 - 06:15 PM
Flash Company 15 Feb 05 - 10:19 AM
Charley Noble 15 Feb 05 - 11:02 AM
The Fooles Troupe 15 Feb 05 - 06:58 PM
Flash Company 16 Feb 05 - 11:07 AM
The Fooles Troupe 16 Feb 05 - 06:55 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 17 Feb 05 - 12:33 AM
GUEST,Art Thieme 17 Feb 05 - 12:41 AM
GUEST,Charley Noble 17 Feb 05 - 08:30 AM
Charley Noble 17 Feb 05 - 06:09 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 17 Feb 05 - 08:36 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 17 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM
Chief Chaos 17 Feb 05 - 09:07 PM
Flash Company 18 Feb 05 - 04:16 AM
GUEST,Charley Noble 18 Feb 05 - 08:54 AM
Charley Noble 18 Feb 05 - 12:58 PM
Charley Noble 18 Feb 05 - 01:14 PM
The Fooles Troupe 18 Feb 05 - 07:51 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 18 Feb 05 - 10:56 PM
GUEST,Dave (the ancient mariner) 18 Feb 05 - 11:33 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Feb 05 - 06:49 AM
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Subject: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 08:53 PM

The Unsinkable Tugboat .... do not try this at home... he's a professional you know...


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: EBarnacle
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:39 PM

I seem to recall seeing this sequence a year or two ago. God looks after fools and sailors.


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Genie
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:55 PM

At least 3 years ago, IIRC. §:-)


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:57 PM

G'day EBarnacle,

I always thought of that as "God looks after fools and drunkards" ... and some people I know get the benefit of double indemnity, that way!

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 05:21 AM

To me way hay Roll and Go.


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 05:51 AM

I posted this one cause I remembered there was a previous one I saw about negotiating a lock, but thought this one was different, as it is just a submarine-tugboat going under a bridge...


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:26 AM

WOW! I sent that on to my brothers, both captains. Thanks, Robin.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 10:35 AM

Way, hey, roll & Go, indeed!

Why maybe we should post those images on our Roll & Go website: www.rollandgoseasongs.com

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 11:34 AM

I notice he managed to release the pans before he hit the bridge, did he manage to catch them up again? Seemed to be heading in the right direction.


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Little Robyn
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 01:53 PM

According to the article following the pictures:
The incident occured at the old rooster bridge (US HIGHWAY 80), mile 202 on the Tombigbee river. The bridge was blown out and replaced by a new bridge just up river in the early 80's. There is a wood chip loader on the sight of the old brige now. The river was at a record highwater stage. If I remember correctly the gage was around 73 feet at Demopolis. A normal low water gage is around 13 feet.( They measure the gages on the Warrior and Tombigbee differently now so you may have seen higher numbers.) It has not been that high before or since.
Point of interest: The now imfamous M/V Mauvilla which belonged to the same company picked up the Cahabas's tow and carried it on to Mobile.

Fascinating!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 06:15 PM

OK Charley Noble,

so where's the song?

This is a Song Challenge Thread, not a BS, you know... :-)


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Flash Company
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 10:19 AM

Thanks for a location Robyn, saves me using generalisations, Anyone can join in:-

Down Tombigbee River came the Whip-poor-will,
Driven by the pilot Mr Tugboat Bill,
Towing lots of barges to the nearest dock
At the Rooster Bridge he got a hell of a shock,

CH
Tugboat Bill, sailing down the river,
Tugboat Bill, hadn't any fear,
Tugboat Bill, sailng down the river
Landed in a mess that was really queer!

Tugboat blew his hooter as the bridge drew near,
Said to the mate, There's something not right here,
The bridge isn't moving and the rivers up high
If we can't stop then Boy we goin' to die!

CH

I'm getting tired of typing, anyone want to take it from there?

FC


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 11:02 AM

Very promising start, FC.

Nice choice of song to model this one after.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 06:58 PM

Good start - not many helpful ideas at moment...

the "Submarine Tugboat"....


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Flash Company
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 11:07 AM

I have to do all the work!

Tugboat slipped the barges and went hard astern,
Ran into the bridge and began to turn,
Force of the water meant he couldn't turn around,
Turned him over sideways and the ship's cat drowned.

CH

Looked like to sink with the keel in the air,
But the engine was still running, Tugboat didn't care
Back in clear water he swung back into the flow,
How he got it righted we'll just never know.

CH

Water pouring out he limped up to shore,
Got the bilge pumps working like never before,
Health and Safety Officers moved in for the kill,
But very soon discovered that you can't sink Bill!

Last chorus

Tugboat Bill, still out on the river,
Tugboat Bill, better than a play,
Tugboat Bill, still out on the river,
Underwater records broken every day!

As Albert Modley would have put it 'Eeh, in it grand when you're daft!

FC


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 06:55 PM

Well done - any other efforts?


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 12:33 AM

The towboat and it's barges grounded on the sand,
There was too much weight to get away from the land,
But as luck would have it the barges' loads,
Were thousands of pigeons and a few dozen toads.

Towboat Bill--on the Mississippi,
Towboat Bill--the flood's goin' down,
Leaving the trees with a long line of dead branches,
Ten feet higher than the muddy ground.

The towboat captain took his hammer in his hand,
He slammed the hull that was stuck on the sand,
The metal did echo and the metal did clang,
And the toads started jumpin' inside that thang.

Towboat Bill--wavin' to the steamboat,
Towboat Bill--the double-handed wave,
Showing the respect of the new for the old,
A salute to the men now in the grave.

The frogs scared the pigeons and they all took flight,
They hovered in the air like thousands of kites,
That lightened the load, and ever so slow,
The barges lifted off of the bar below.

Steamboat Bill--two hands waving to the steamboats,
The Julia Belle Swain and the Delta Queen,
All of 'em just takin' a moment,
Of mutual notice---stranger than a dream.

Them toads died and they sure did smell,
The captain's steady hand took care of his charges,
It really and truly did stink like hell,
He made a pun about "We don't need no stinkin' barges!"

He was a fan of Bogart in "Sierra Madre",
And he chuckled to himself as he went on his way,
Thinkin' about toads and pigeons and such,
And missing John Hartford's bein' there so very, very much.

Towboat Bill---out there on the river,
Watchin the green fade as night came on,
Looking for the buoys -- and all the girls too,
And my few verses now are through!!!

Except for the fact that barges of pigeons,
You might think rare, but not so quick with your derision,
'Cause out on the Mississippi and wherever you go,
It's a fairly common sight----called a PIGEON-TOW !!

And if a barge cable snaps and injures your feet,
Just call a TOE TRUCK from the place down the street,
All of these folks will work as a team,
Love to all of you-------from old Art Thieme.

Towboat Bill---out on the river,
Towboat Bill---he's the best--and how,
Towboat Bill--it's not a good day
When you gotta lock through with a big dead cow!!

(by Art Thieme--tonight--February 16, 2005--Peru, Illinois--USA)


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 12:41 AM

...just some sights and sounds---puns, tales and whoppers from the years I spent singing and tellin' 'em on the Mississippi.

It's good to remember. Bittersweet!

Art


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 08:30 AM

Wow!

Art's really on a roll down that river!

But the toads didn't just die... They croaked!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 06:09 PM

Refresh!

This thread almost turned turtle...

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 08:36 PM

Somehow I forgot to use the most obvious pun of all!! Here is one more verse...

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That's enough 'bout the pigeons and frogs,
The long white spear just a-pircing the fog,
Heres hoping that this river life never does end,
And the towboat towed the toad on around the bend!!

Towboat Bill---in the pilothouse,
Towboat Bill---it won't be very long,
Towboat Bill---now you all can see
Condoleeza Rice don't belong in this song.

(Love, Art ;-)


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM

REFISH !


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 09:07 PM

As we Coasties say,
This is a no Sh*tter!

One of our small boats while on patrol observed what they believed to be a barge fire. As they got closer they found it to be a man waving his flaming shirt over his head.

Incredibly, the man had been a first mate on a tug pushing a few barges. The Cap'n had pushed up on the bank, gone into town and procured some liquor and a couple of "soiled doves". The Cap'n didn't mind sharing the liquor but apparently sharing the ladies was out of the question. After a bit of struggle the Cap'n forced the first mate out on to the abandoned barge and left him there.

When the coasties caught up with the tug the master had already been relieved and there was no evidence to support charges.

And people think our job is boring!


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Flash Company
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 04:16 AM

I seem to have started something!
Thanks for the message, Charley, I like it.

Now, hows about:-

We all live in a Tugboat Submarine
A Tugboat Submarine, Tugboat Submarine.

Just a thought! I'll go back to bed now, the central heating aint working.

FC


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Charley Noble
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 08:54 AM

Here's some suggestions for what Flash Company posted above, which I previously PM'ed:

Words by Flash Company, 2/15/05
Suggested changes by Charlie Ipcar
Tune: "Steamboat Bill"

Tugboat Bill-2

Down Tombigbee River came the Whip-poor-will,
Steered by the pilot, Mr. Tugboat Bill,
Towing lots of barges to a downriver dock
But at the Rooster Bridge he got a a shock.

Chorus:

Tugboat Bill, rollling down the river,
Tugboat Bill, hadn't any fear,
Tugboat Bill, rollling down the river
Landed in a mess that was really queer!

Tugboat blew his hooter as the bridge drew near,
Bill told the mate, "What?s going on here?
That bridge ain't moving and the river?s up high
If we can't stop, then ,boy, we gonna die!" CHO

Bill slipped the barges and shifted hard astern,
But he slammed into the bridge as the tug began to turn,
The force of the river meant he couldn't turn around,
Rolled him over sideways and the ship's cat drowned. CHO

Looked like he'd sink with the keel in the air,
But the engine was still running, Tugboat didn't care;
As he came up the other side he swung back into the flow,
How he got it righted no one will ever know. CHO

Water poured out as he limped to the shore,
Got the bilge pumps a-working like never before,
Health and Safety Officers moved in for the kill,
But they very soon discovered that you can't sink Bill!

Last chorus:

Tugboat Bill, still out on the river,
Tugboat Bill, better than a play,
Tugboat Bill, still out on the river,
Underwater records broken every day!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 12:58 PM

Try this out as an alternative chorus:

Tugboat Bill, rolling down the river,
Tugboat Bill, it was no big deal;
Tugboat Bill, rolling down the river
Rolling down the river, to Mobile.

And try this one for the first verse, in the interest of getting some more of the story into the song:

Down Tombigbee River came the Whip-poor-will,
Steered by the pilot, Mr. Tugboat Bill,
Towing coal barges down to Mobile Bay,
But at the Rooster Bridge Bill began to pray.

Great story! I just reread it.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 01:14 PM

There was a nice line in the linked story that I wanted to work in, and I think that I've finally nailed it (last verse):

The moral of this story I'd like to share,
If the flood's running high you best take care;
You may know that river but there's still a chance,
That the music's playing faster than you can dance.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 07:51 PM

Shaping up very nicely guys...

Knew there was at least ONE good song in this!

Truth is stranger than fiction....


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 10:56 PM

About 1987, on the Mississippi North of LeClaire, Iowa, I saw a locomotive roll off the track, slide down the embankment and land on a towboat. And that boat was cleaned up and operated all that summer and fall with a gaping hole in the side above the water line. And the superstructure looked like a Picasso or a Dali painting---all askew angles. Pretty much like the towboat in your photos in this thread.

If you look long enough--and in the right direction--you will see amazing things on our passage through this old world.

And one day, during the flood of '93, we did lock through Lock 13 at Fulton, Illinois/Clinton, Iowa with a very dead, bloated to twice it's size, bovine of the Holstein variety (not Fred). We were into the lock first but that animal managed to float in with us from Pool 13 where it's normally, in low water years, a good five miles wide there above the dam. A passenger on our steamboat was nuts and kept trying to pop that cow like a huge putrid gas-filled baloon by shooting arrows into the distended carcass. That could've been a huge mess---but thankfully he wasn't able to penetrate the skin for some reason.

And I don't want to hear about shooting the bull either!!

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: GUEST,Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 11:33 PM

Congo River (Tombigbee River)

Was you ever up the Tombigbee river
Roll Boys Roll
Where Bridges make the Captain Quiver
Roll My Tugboat Roll

A Yankee tug came down the river
Roll Boys Roll
Her mast all bent and engines shiver
Roll My Tugboat Roll

Where did her barge go, tell me skipper
Roll Boys Roll
Why ahead one mile in the direction o me flipper
Roll My Tugboat Roll

Ahead full speed,flood waters flowing
Roll Boys Roll
How we stayed afloat,never knowing
Roll My Tugboat Roll

Damned near drowned, all us sinners
Roll Boys Roll
Cook got wet and lost our dinners
Roll My Tugboat Roll

Never coming down the Tombigbee sailing
Roll Boys Roll
When floodwaters run oer the Roosters railing
Roll My Tugboat Roll


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Feb 05 - 06:49 AM

ROFL....


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Feb 05 - 08:52 AM

Nice work, Dave!

Art- that's an udderly proposterous story!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Song Challenge: The Unsinkable Tugboat
From: SharonA
Date: 19 Feb 05 - 03:11 PM

Tune = "Mac the Knife"
(With apologies to Bobby Darin...)

There's a tugboat (tug-a-tug-a-tug)
Drownin' in the river (don'tcha know)
With that ol' wheel house
Just-a sinkin' on down. (Eek!)
Well, that ol' boat, she just
Went under the bridge, dear
Five'll get you ten
That tug gets back to town.


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