Songs About Boats

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  1. Tiny Turnip
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    I've just seen your latest post there, Angel. Thankyou. Its great to see the detail and the background. I continue to be in awe of the bravery of people who can function in these conditions, and I'm fascinated by the development of the safety systems to help in these situations. Even if the Captain of the Union Star had accepted the Noord Holland's offer of salvage, the prospect of getting a line across, and then actually making ground in such conditions is hard to imagine.
     
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    A desperately sad New Year's Day,exactly one hundred years ago:

    What is probably the most tragic of maritime accidents to me, the sinking of the Iolaire, occurred on New Years Day, 1919, in the early hours. HMY Iolaire was returning sailors who had fought in the war, to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, after the Armstice, marking the end of WW1 on 11th November 1918. She hit rocks, the Beasts of Holm, just a mile outside Stornoway harbour, and sank, losing 201 of the 283 on board. It is impossible for me to imagine the effect of this on the island. The grief and horror of the loss at this time of year, so close to home, and after the joy and excitement of surviving the war. The total population of the large island at the time would have been around 20000, and to lose 200, on top of war time losses, of the most physically active generation would have had a huge impact on the future of an island where the industries, fishing and crofting (farming) were physical and labour intensive, and the island(s) were already suffering, and continued to suffer long term depopulation.



    An Iolaire
    by
    Isobel Ann Martin and the Stornoway Nicolson Institute choir









    Eilean Froaich, I yearn to see you,

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Through the cries of war I hear you

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    Island men i hear them calling

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Killed in vain, I see them falling

    Oh take me west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    Four brutal years were unforgiving

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    By grace of god I was yet living

    And sailing west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The harbour lights, I see them gleaming

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Nearly home and I am dreaming

    I'm in the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The Beasts of Holm were dark and savage

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    Their scythe of fate would blindly ravage

    Far to the west and world away

    From the futile fields of war.



    New Year of peace would dawn tomorrow

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    From hope and joy to wrenching sorrow

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    My lovers kiss, Her arms around me

    Sing to me the Island Ocean

    So near, but on the shore she found me

    Far to the west and worlds away

    From the futile fields of war.



    The morning tide brought home our boys

    They lay among the scattered toys

    Our tears of love and deep relief

    Became the tears of tearing grief.





    From <Skipinnish - The Iolaire Lyrics | Musixmatch https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Skipinnish/The-Iolaire>
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

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    Tony Joe White - Tunica Motel

     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    This should fit many threads, Boat Jokes as there are so many funny statements (and a snake) in it, and the Random Picture thread of course, but as they also play the banjo and sing, I'll post it here on Songs about Boats...

     
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    I guess I wasn't paying attention to the words before - George Straight Living and Living Well

     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Seems Google hasn't either, I've added an correction to the below quoted text...
     
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    Kate Smith helped beat the Nazis with this song by raising over a billion dollars for war bonds with it.
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Thanks Hoyt, Ronald Reagan is in it from 4:21 to 4:24 . . . .

    WWII Kate Smith God Bless America Ronald Reagan from 4.21 to 4.24.jpg
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    The above Kate Smith introduces God Bless America video is a piece (0:22:51 to 0:28:11) taken from the 1943 movie This Is the Army, here's the full movie of 1:54:15.

    Found the clues in the video comments, and checked it out . . :)
     
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    Russ Ballard - Voices (Miami Vice OST) is my favorite.
     
  14. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Meaning this one, Russ Ballard - Voices - 1984 ?



    Below another nice one that came up for me...

    The Hunters - Russian spy and I - 1966 - lyrics



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    Jan Akkerman* 2005 in Arkhangelsk, lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina, near its exit into the White Sea, which is as close to the water as I could get this. :)

    * Bands: Friendship Sextet - Johnny and his Cellar Rockers - The Hunters - Brainbox - Thijs van Leer Trio - Focus - Solo
     
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Louis Neefs - Laat ons een bloem = Leave us a flower - 1970

    The song is about the world the woods the seas the fish the beaches a tanker and a seagull...



    — translation of verse 1 —
    ‘‘ This is a song for the people who make it happen
    That tomorrow's people will already be dead
    This is a song for the dead of tomorrow
    Buried, placed in a coffin in a desert of stone ’’

    — Dutch lyrics —
    ‘‘ Dit is een lied voor de mensen die zorgen
    Dat morgen de mensen al dood zullen zijn
    Dit is een lied voor de doden van morgen
    Begraven, gekist in een stenen woestijn

    Laat ons een bloem en wat gras dat nog groen is
    Laat ons een boom en het zicht op de zee
    Vergeet voor één keer hoeveel geld een miljoen is
    De wereld die moet nog een eeuwigheid mee

    Je breekt en je hakt en je boort door de bergen
    Je maakt elke heuvel gelijk met de grond
    De reuzen van nu lijken morgen maar dwergen
    Vooruitgang vernielt wat er gisteren nog stond

    Laat ons een bloem en wat gras dat nog groen is
    Laat ons een boom en het zicht op de zee
    Vergeet voor één keer hoeveel geld een miljoen is
    De wereld die moet nog een eeuwigheid mee

    De vis in de zeeën vergiftigd, gestorven
    Het zand op de stranden vervuild door mazout
    En jij door je tankers en chequeboek bedorven
    Je weet zelfs niet meer waar de meeuw heeft gebroed

    Laat ons een bloem en wat gras dat nog groen is
    Laat ons een boom en het zicht op de zee
    Vergeet voor één keer hoeveel geld een miljoen is
    De wereld die moet nog een eeuwigheid mee

    En zo zal dan morgen het leven verdwijnen
    Verslagen door staal en gewapend beton
    De maan zal dan koud op je nachtmerrie schijnen
    Geen mens die nog weet hoe het einde begon

    Laat ons een bloem en wat gras dat nog groen is
    Laat ons een boom en het zicht op de zee
    Vergeet voor één keer hoeveel geld een miljoen is
    De wereld die moet nog een eeuwigheid mee

    De wereld die moet nog een eeuwigheid mee - Een eeuwigheid mee - Een eeuwigheid mee . . . . ’’

    Below a 2017 version by Veerle Baetens & The Broken Circle Breakdown Bluegrass Band



    Originally by Wally Whyton - Leave them a flower - 1968 or possibly 1969



    ‘‘ I speak on behalf of the next generation
    My sons and daughters, their children to come
    What will you leave them for their recreation
    An oil slick, a pylon, an industrial slum

    Leave them a flower, some grass and a hedgerow
    A hill and a valley, a view to the sea
    These things are not yours to destroy as you want to
    A gift given once for eternity

    You plunder and pillage, you tear and you tunnel
    Trees lying toppled, roots finger the sky
    Building a land for machines and computers
    In the name of progress the farms have to die

    Leave them a flower, some grass and a hedgerow
    A hill and a valley, a view to the sea
    These things are not yours to destroy as you want to
    A gift given once for eternity

    Fish in the ocean polluted and poisoned
    The sand on the beaches stinking and black
    And you with your tankers, your banks and investments
    Say, Never worry, the birds will come back

    Leave them a flower, some grass and a hedgerow
    A hill and a valley, a view to the sea
    These things are not yours to destroy as you want to
    A gift given once for eternity

    When the last flower has dropped its last petal
    When the last concrete is finally laid
    The moon will shine cold on a nightmarish landscape
    Your gift to your children, this world that you made

    Leave them a flower, some grass and a hedgerow
    A hill and a valley, a view to the sea
    These things are not yours to destroy as you want to
    A gift given once for eternity - a gift given once for eternity - eternity - . . . ’’
     
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