Poles Part Too
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The Song Goes On

Self-Propelled Musc ASM106D (2011)
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Opening with a stunning new arrangement of CYRIL TAWNEY's iconic Grey Funnel Line (popularized in a superb version by The Silly Sisters), travelling through calypsos to "work" shanties and songs from John Fogerty and The Kingston Trio; if this is the new direction of nautical song, be prepared to hang on tight(ly)! The compilation concludes with Mick Ryan's anthemic paean to the singing giants upon whose shoulders we all stand (The Song Goes On), and QFTRY's superbly innovative harmonic adaptation of an older Tom Lewis song (Swallow The Anchor).

Click on listen to sample to listen to a sample of the song. Click on the song title to see the lyrics.

  1. listen to sampleGrey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney) The iconic anthem from the man who “invented” Contemporary Nautical Song.
  2. listen to samplePassage To Grimsby (Trad.) A light-hearted , rollicking song; “collected” from the early repertoire of the late, great Johnny Collins.
  3. listen to sampleBimini (B. Olofson / M. Mark McIntyre) The Kingston Trio could really pick great, fun songs. They definitely blazed a trail worth following.
  4. listen to sampleSpanish Ladies (Trad.) I remember hearing this tune being used as the theme for a radio series: “Green Sailors” broadcast on BBC Radio’s: “Children’s Hour”; circa 1952.
  5. listen to sampleFair Winds – and a Following Sea (Tom Lewis) Saying “Goodbye” can be a sad occasion … but it doesn’t always need to be.
  6. listen to sampleProud Mary (John Fogerty) Another iconic song, from the world of American “inland waterways”.
  7. listen to sampleSan Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller) Far from a classic “blues”, nonetheless this is a heartfelt plea for another chance at love.
  8. listen to sampleAll Coiled Down (C. Fox-Smith / A. Fitzsimmons) From the pen of Cicely Fox Smith, this is her poem: “So Long”; set to a tune by Liverpool’s Alan Fitzsimmons.
  9. listen to sampleAnchor Song (Rudyard Kipling / Peter Bellamy) Written in the reign of Queen Victoria; Kipling evokes an earlier era, and Peter Bellamy perfectly matches the spirit.
  10. listen to sampleThe Last Shanty (T. Lewis) That so many people know this song gladdens my heart.
  11. listen to samplePay Me My Money Down (Trad.) Originally from the singing of stevedores around the Georgia Sea Islands, I hear the relevance of unions whenever I sing this.
  12. listen to sampleThe Song Goes On (Mick Ryan) Sing in crowds … sing in your bathroom … but SING; and never forget “we stand on the shoulders of giants”.
  13. listen to sampleSwallow The Anchor (T. Lewis) I’m hugely complimented that my Polish friends wanted to record this version.