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The Song of The Sinking Woman (Rebsie's SOS)


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The wonderful Rebsie kindly helped me refit The Song Of The Sinking Man - sending files and sage advice from Cheltenham.

Atwood1956 contributed a piece of keyboard playing that originally was launched in his beautiful collaboration with kcsaito.

Stevel manned the lifeboats with some stratocaster work.

The sound at the end of the song is a genuine SOS sent out by MS Prinsenberg in 1980 after its radio had failed. The transcription reads - apparently; SOS Engine room on fire. Fire extinguishers empty. Help Urgent.
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Lyrics
If you give me some money
I'll sing you a song
Do you think that I do this for free?
but you better be fast
cause I'm watching the glass
And the water is rising round me

The captain is drunk
and the crew have all jumped ship
the compass aint working no more.
I'm here on the deck
of this smouldering wreck
I'm looking for signs of a shore

Some people are lucky
some people are not.
Can you gu ess which of these I might be?
But don\'t waste my time
I\'m not sure I can swim
and the water\'s still rising round me

I wish someone knew
where we are, all I know is
I\'m not where I wanted to be.
I\'m keepig my eyes on the distant horizon
but I can\'t see nothing but sea

If you give me some money
I'll sing you a song
Do you think that I do this for free?
But you better be fast
get up off your arse
cause the water is rising round me
Song Stats
Hits: 5255
Comments: 41
Fans: 16
Plays: 372
Downloads: 213
Votes: 25
Uploaded: Apr 24, 2005 - 05:03:00 PM
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2005 - 01:44:50 PM Last Played: Feb 01, 2017 - 01:33:31 PM
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Hardware:
Stevel's stratocasters.
atwood1965's synth
A Gibson mandolin
My rubbish electric guitar
A penny whistle
A bodhran
Software:
GB 1.1
Comments
Epileptic Gibbon said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Wonderful Rebsie and Mando strike again!
I didn't hear either of the earlier versions of this track
(shame on me, I know) but I've heard this one so
better late than never, I suppose. Great song, nice
lyrics, wonderful vocals, strong musicianship. I'm
impressed! My only criticisms (sorry) are 1. Is it me or
are the vocals a bit out of synch with the music
towards the end? 2. I think the bodhran (great though
it is) could do with being a bit lower in the mix as it
"drowns out" (no pun intended) Rebsie's lovely vocals
just a tad. Great work though, you two!
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mandolinquent said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Wonderful Rebsie and Mando strike again!
Ah; thanks muchly for that. You're not the first to mention that about the
bodhran. I think the levels on my cheap headphones are deceptive. I'll re-do
them.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
mandolinquent said 4414 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Wonderful Rebsie and Mando strike again!
Again... thanks. Done a remix with those good points in mind and we'll post
that at a later date; thanks for the constructive criticism.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
Epileptic Gibbon said 4411 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Wonderful Rebsie and Mando strike again!
I'm glad my comments were useful to you. I began to wonder if it was
just me or if I'd been a bit overly negative but as long as you took them
as constructive criticisms (which is how they were intended) then job's a
good 'un!
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stevel said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Lovely folk song
The production sounds very nice indeed...you have added
a lot to the last version I heard. Cool sound effects at the
beginning. Rebsie's vocals are lovely. Well done! It was fun
to collaborate - I'll have to do this more...
S
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mandolinquent said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Lovely folk song
Stevel... thanks so much for what you did to the track. Your playing really lifts
it up. More collabs please.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
Tom Atwood said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Lovely, spooky tune
What I like about this is the laid back vocals while all hell
is breaking loose. Gives this piece a calm, nightmarish
quality. Something does seem slightly out of sync toward
the end. My guess is that it has to do with mixing all the
collaborative elements in a way that holds together.

Thanks for letting be part of the sinking ship...
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mandolinquent said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Lovely, spooky tune
Tom... sorry it was just such a small part. But thanks being so willing.
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macapa said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Beautiful
A beautiful piece, a pleasure to listen to. It's downloaded
and will soon find it's way onto my iPod.
mandolinquent said 4410 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Beautiful
Many thanks, macapa. Your comments are always great to hear...
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
twonicus said 4414 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
nice
gotta love some pure folk. very smooth, lyrical, kind
of a perfect example of the genre. thank you.
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I. Spike said 4414 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Strange and alluring
This song is quite odd
like an over ripe cod
but I dare say it tickles my ears
all the sounds you implore
make it less than a bore
but something is a little bit queer
but I'll leave it alone
and walk all the way home
'cross the pond to the apple pie land
and when I'm inside
I will regale all with pride
with The Song of the Sinking Woman




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mandolinquent said 4414 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Strange and alluring
Your rhyme is devine
Thanks for taking the time
To comment on this song of mine,
About ambitions sunken
And drinks that are drunken
And it sound slike you've had some yourself...
(Please try "Cakeless" as well,
It's a story I tell
Of a girl who's been left on the shelf)




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Rebsie said 4414 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
I love it!
This collaboration was a delight to work on and I love
the finished song. You are a very talented songwriter,
Mando, and an impressive multi-instrumentalist. I
think you've done an amazing job of combining all
those different instruments. Thank you so much for
letting me be a part of this. If you want to do any
more collabs I'm certainly up for it!
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drakonis said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Very nice!
For some reason, I hear faint echos of David Bowie's
"Major Tom" in this... nice haunting piece, well paced. I
like the various sound effects at the beginning, but the
shortwave SOS at the end was a little too loud and
distracted from Rebsie's humming... also, it is not obvious
(to much of your audience) what that sound is, other than
possibly a distorted Minke whale :-) I would have liked a
softer, cleaner-sounding morse-code fading in and out at
the end while Rebsie's humming fades and increases in
echo... making sure its pitch doesn't interfere with the
song. Rebsie's singing has her usual delicious longing to
it (I did hear a bit of the above-mentioned lag though).
Great playing on the whistle and strings... great folksy
feel... also reminds me of a long-forgotten Al Stewart
song I used to listen to... grr, what was it called? Overall,
a very nice song, well-written lyrics. I'm heavily critiquing
it because I like it a lot and would love to hear an even
better version (though you're all probably quite done with
it for awhile now!) :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Mystified said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Great Folk
Fine job on this all around.
I would agree with the suggestions on bringing the vox
'forward' a bit in the mix, syncronizing the vocals at the
end.
Like the use of sound effects. Very well done!
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mandolinquent said 4410 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
Great Folk
It will be done, Mystified. We're working on it. Thanks.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
bronco said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Bodrahn?
Okay, I admit it. Even with my encyclopedic knowledge of
folk music I had no idea what a bodrahn was and had to
do a google to find out. To me it seems the strings that
are drowning out the vocal somewhat. Rebsie has a
delicate, plaintive voice and needs to be mixed way
upfront to get the best effect. Of course since you know
who this is you know I am the worst mixer in the world so
you can ignore all of the above. I liked it a lot. Very
creative use of sound effects at the start. Rebsie has a
lovely voice. Actually I've liked all the versions of this.
Nothing like a true song to hit home. I just to go fishing a
lot in the Gulf of Mexico in a small boat so I know what
it's like to look around you and see nothing but ocean.
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mandolinquent said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Bodrahn?
Yep. You're right, bronco. Thanks for not letting me off the hook easily. We're
planning a remix doing what you, drak, and Epileptic Gibbon have suggested.
I'm going to have to lower all the levels a bit to let Rebsie's voice sit a bit
higher as she's at top volume...
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
Z293 said 4413 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Beautiful
Playing and singing fits this song's genre well. I can
almost smell the salt in the air.
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mandolinquent said 4412 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
Beautiful
Grinning... thanks.
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TobinMueller said 4412 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
Cinematic
I felt like I was watching a movie, and was surprised in the
end that it was just a song. You evoke wonderful images.
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Mcboy said 4412 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
strings
of my heart....love that mando sound......this tune sends
me back to ancient celtic worlds......and i'm not even
celtic......hehhehheh.......lovely vocals and composition...
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country john said 4412 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
nice one folks . . .
. . . i can't get tired of this song . . .
. . . and seemingly, you can't either ! . . . ; )
nice vocals rebsie . . .
. . . and great playing from the rest of the crew !
i love the way this song has progressed . . .
the addition of the intro, solos and outro are fantastic !

well done to all of you !

safe
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mandolinquent said 4412 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
nice one folks . . .
CJ... so good to have you aboard. I'm missing new CJ material badly. Just
listened to your Chibbums and Woosberries. Excellent playing! You should be
on this recording... Can we do something together?
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
Rebsie said 4412 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
nice one folks . . .
I'm delighted to see you back too, CJ. We miss your weird psychedelic
masterpieces.
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Peter Greenstone said 4412 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
Wonderful new version
I was a big fan of the previous versions too. I really like
the new long intro and all the little touches you added to
this. Rebsie's singing is really nice but a bit hard to hear
at times. Great to hear some of my favorite MacJammers
collaborating.
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Joanna said 4412 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Loved it
I didn't have the problems some of the others had once I
put on my headphones. As always, I'm a huge fan of
Rebsie's vocals, and mando's storytelling. What a sweet
combination!
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mikkinylund said 4411 days ago (April 27th, 2005)
Awsome song
I like this a lot, to me, very strong vocals, very good
harmony's. The production is also very clean and solid.
The potential out-of-synch vocals does not bother me a
bit, one of thus days. In fact, don't clean this song up too
much is my suggestion, sometimes it's best as is! Great
work, I am going to listen to more of your music for
sure...

Mikki
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said 4410 days ago (April 29th, 2005)
Wonderful Collab
I enjoyed the vocals and most of the instruments. I was
distracted (listening on headphones) by loudness of the
synth-string section accompaniment when it comes in (it's
a nice dramatic touch though), moreso than the morse
fade (which stirs memories for me as an ex-navy
cryptologist) .
I look forward to hearing the remix.
mandolinquent said 4409 days ago (April 29th, 2005)
Wonderful Collab
Ex navy cryptologist? Good gosh. Thanks for the feedback, Mungo.
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Doadars Uncle said 4409 days ago (April 29th, 2005)
Cool!
Fresh.

Contemporary vision.

Lost at sea! I love it!
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cjhoose said 4407 days ago (May 1st, 2005)
lovin' it.
Excellent production! I could easily see this on a Celtic CD
compilation somewhere. The SOS at the end brings some
reality to the song where the lyrics are nearly ridiculous-
almost made me cry.

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dotwood said 4401 days ago (May 7th, 2005)
I love these folksongs
I really do, they have so much power, I get the same goosebumps I got from good Rocksongs. Allthough I don't like the strings in it, it's the only thing about it I'm not wild about (but I'm really not a strings lover)
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jiguma said 4399 days ago (May 10th, 2005)
Beautiful
Green with envy - have just found MacJams and it feels like the world has suddenly expanded! an inspiration.
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mandolinquent said 4398 days ago (May 10th, 2005)
Beautiful
Welcome to Macjams. And thanks.
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fairy beth said 4392 days ago (May 16th, 2005)
ooooh
lovely harmonies rebsie. gorgeous mandolin mando.
sweet tune. well done :-)
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mandolinquent said 4388 days ago (May 21st, 2005)
ooooh
Hairy Breath! Thanks a lot.

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Boris the Bull said 4389 days ago (May 19th, 2005)
thoughts from the bull...
holy crap this is amazing!

jeez! and it just gets better and better. wow. sorry, don't
mean to inflate ego's, but this is just wonderful all over
the place. every corner of the song is pure music to the
brain.

i need a pint. immediately (hic)

you are all truly blessed and gifted! well done!
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mandolinquent said 4388 days ago (May 21st, 2005)
thoughts from the bull...
Hey Boris. Thank-you. I'm a big fan of you're writing, so I'm very flattered by
that.
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ktb said 3757 days ago (February 10th, 2007)
great
The overall effect is stunning. The vocals are empyreal. I especially like the strings. This is much more than the sum of its incredible contributions. Awesome collab
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