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This is a traditional song and there’s a number of versions of it that I’m aware of. This one is based on the first version I ever heard which was by the Oyster Ceilidh Band (who, coincidentally come from around the part of the world I now live in…) I know very little about this song other than it seems to be Irish and there doesn’t appear to be a lake called Cool Flynn (or Col Fin as it sometimes appears) although it might once have been a wide point in a river.

There’s something strange about the song which suggests to me that at least bits of two songs have been stuck together and the final verse has something of the apotheosis about it – the imagery of this verse has stuck in my mind over the years and inspired me to add a sort of slow march section at the end. When recording this song I couldn’t help thinking of ‘Ode to Billy Jo’ by Bobby Gentry.

This track is a bit of a departure for me as it’s the first time that I’ve ever really tried to record my vocals so it’s been quite a voyage of exploration – any advice you can give will be most welcome!

KK
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Lyrics
It was early one morning Willie Leonard arose
Into his comrades bedchamber he goes
Saying arise my loyal comrades, let nobody know
It's a fine summer's morning and bathing we'll go

But as they were walking all down a long lane
Who should they meet with but a keeper of game
Go back, Willie Leonard, do not venture in
There's deep and false waters in the lakes of Cool Flynn

Young Willie lumped in and he swam the lake round
Till he came to an island but not the right ground
Go back my loyal comrades, do not follow me in
There's deep and false waters in the lakes of Cool Flynn

It was later that morning Willie's sister arose
And straight to her mother's bedchamber she goes
Saying mother, dearest mother, I have had a strange dream
Young Willie lies floating in a watery stream

it was later that morning Willies mother got there
Wringing her hands and tearing her hair
Saying where was he drowned, where did he fall in?
There's death in false waters in the lakes of Cool Flynn

O the day of his funeral it was such a fine sight
With four and twenty young men and they're all dressed in white
Four and twenty young men to lay him in cold clay
Said adieu to young Willie and they all marched away
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Comments: 27
Fans: 12
Plays: 140
Downloads: 126
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Sep 07, 2007 - 07:50:42 PM
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2007 - 08:32:22 PM Last Played: Oct 13, 2016 - 12:12:33 AM
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Comments
lengold said 3670 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Lovely
playing and great vocals. The outro is also very beautiful.
Cheers
Len


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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Hi Len
Thanks for being the first commentor - I was getting worried no one would!

KK

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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Hi Len
Thanks for being the first commentor - I was getting worried no one would!

KK

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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Aaaaagggghhh!
Don't you just loathe double posts?

KK

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MissChaos said 3670 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
neat...
to hear your voice. It's rather pleasant! It melds well -- exactly as I'd expect -- with your music. Pardon the stupid expression, but you have a wonderful "Folk voice". The guitar playing is just lovely, too. This took me to a faraway place. Thank you.
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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Thank you for your encouragement...
...I'm not a very experienced singer so I really appreciate this - hope you've managed to return from that faraway place!

KK

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said 3670 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Lovely !
KK, this is great song, the guitar playing sounds really nice and clear, your vocal sounds really good and fit !
Very nice post from you

Take Care
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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Wahey!
You make me feel like the hard work paid off!

KK

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jiguma said 3670 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Good one Martyn!
Your vocals suit this perfectly to me - in the Richard Thompson mould. The overall feel of the production is of you being on stage in a small hall/bar - there's a certain feeling of distance between you and the listener, which is not a problem at all. If you wanted a more upfront sound, maybe recording a little hotter might make a difference (maybe not). I wasn't aware you played guitar or (mandolin for that matter) - sounds great. The fiddle is just lovely.
Excellent post!
Neil
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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Richard Thompson hey?
Hadn't really thought about it but you may have something there as 'I want to see the bright lights tonight' is one of my all time favourite albums. Thanks for your comments on the sense of space - when I summon up the courage to do vocals again I would probably want to achieve a more intimate sound - so I'll work on that. I'm not sure what you mean by 'hotter' tho'.

Cheers

KK

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jiguma said 3666 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Courage not required!
I can't see why you'd be worried about your voice Martyn - I think I've proved that all sorts of voices are welcome here ;) Seriously, your vocals fit the genre perfectly.
I may have been using the term "hot" inappropriately - what I meant to say was that it might be good to ensure that the vocal signal is recorded as loud as possible (without clipping). To me, this makes a big difference in the quality of my vocals. The other thing I do is use a small amount of compression on my vox while I'm recording - mainlly to help me hear it better in the phones, but it also improves the presence.
Cheers,
Neil

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Feter said 3669 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Lakes of Cool Flynn
elegant arrangemnt ..very nice singin
all I can say this is most awesome song
I heard today ..singin and playin ..just
perfect !!

p.s
this fiddle sound wooden ;-)
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Komrade K said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
It is indeed the wooden fiddle...
...although I can make my electric sound like an acoustic. Thank you for your kind comments!

KK

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drakonis said 3669 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Very Irish
Really sweet sounding guitar & mandolin playing, wonderful singing voice for this... and as usual, your fiddling at the end is delicious. Nicely paced lament.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Komrade K said 3667 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Really glad...
...that you mentioned the pacing, I was really worried about that as this is probably the longest track I've ever posted. Thanks for all your kind words.

KK

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stevel said 3669 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Nice to hear you singing!
its cool to hear you singing and playing guitar Martyn....nice job on this number. The fiddle work is ace as ever of course. Look forward to hearing more in this vein from you.
Cheers
Steve
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Komrade K said 3667 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Definitely...
...there will be other songs but probably not as traditional (although I change my mind about what I'm going to do next with great frequency so who really knows - I certainly don't). Glad you're keen to hear more!

KK

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Mystified said 3669 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
lovely...
I love the simplicity in this piece. Nice to hear you sing, too. :)

Beautiful...thank you
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Komrade K said 3667 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
You're welcome!
Thanks for listening, faving and commenting - I'm so relieved that this hasn't been a complete disaster!

KK

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Latest track: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/35136"> Lakes of Cool Flynn </a>
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Lizard*Whistle said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
So you play stuff with frets on too!
Nice delicate and sensitive guitar playing, very sweet mando and fiddle, and well done for plucking up the courage to sing! I know how hard it can be to put yourself on the line like that - it's one thing to play an instrument but vocals are so much more personal and intimate and nerve-racking.

Was the vocal recorded in one take? The reason I ask is that I can hear the increase in confidence and strength in your voice as the song progresses!

I hope you'll decide to do more like this. A very English sound you have and something well worth pursuing. Big thumbs up from me.
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Komrade K said 3667 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Almost...
...the vocal was done pretty much in one take although there were a couple of overdubs where I'd cocked-up the phrasing or sung the wrong words - so basically you're right I think the vocals did get more confident towards the end. Also though I was trying to make them a bit more dramatic and reflective of the events towards the end.

Yes I do play stuff with frets - despite my saying that frets are for wimps!

Thank you for your in-depth comment and encouragement!

KK

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BeccaJohnson said 3668 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Love the song!
Thanks for posting the comment!

The song makes me feel so relaxed!
I also saw the picture and the writing is in russian,what it actaully means???

Thank you anyway,Good Job!!!


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Komrade K said 3667 days ago (September 11th, 2007)
Welcome to MacJams!
Hi Becca - thanks for commenting. My avatar is Russian and is meant to show how artistic talent is not supported in the evil capitalist West - there's a complementary picture which shows a proud, elated violinist performing a solo in a concert hall enjoying all the benefits the soviet system affords. Complete bollocks of course but great pictures!

KK

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K.I.S.KISMET said 3666 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Sniff
What a touching piece all around. Your playing talent is always quite a pleasure to hear. Your voice goes 'hand in glove' with the beautiful music. You should surely keep exploring if the results are anything like this, Martin.

Peace
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Komrade K said 3666 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Exploration
Well after comments like yours I certainly intend to keep exploring - this was perhaps a bit of a challenging number to kick-off with but then I'm always rather ambitious with music...

KK

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Latest track: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/35136"> Lakes of Cool Flynn </a>
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
Ibstrat said 3664 days ago (September 14th, 2007)
This is
very well done.You sing with tons of emotion and your guitar playing sounds great.Recording is beautiful.Excellent!
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saymme said 3254 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
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VERY BEAUTIFUL like honey to my ears & soul WOW - I think its GRAND ... !(!) THX for this nice listeningexperience very much appreciated ! : )
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Komrade K said 3252 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
Thank you too!
It's great to know a song still has a life after the first week of posting...

KK
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