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Sailor's Return

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Elfdaughter's work set to music. Hope this works,

"Just a little ghost story for a friend on another forum. She wated to hear me read it, so...

I apologise in advance to any scottish/geordie lads and lasses out there. (Or should that be 'oot thar'?) Although I come from near the border, and am a Geordie born and bred, I don't have much of an accent, so I had to put one on for this reading. I can't do accents. I slip between Geordie and Scottish, and a mix....heh!"
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I will return, my love," he said.
"Watch for my sail a year today.
Go doon tae the dock wi' yer lantern brit,
And guide my ship on her way."

So doon she went tae the misty dock,
Doon she went wi' her lantern brit,
Doon she went wi' her staff in hand,
On that dright autumn night.

Now on the dock she stood alane,
The lantern high above her head.
The mist swirled thick but soon she saw
A sail, as her lover had said.

Doon he stepped onto the dock,
But strange were the yew leaves in his hair,
"I cannae stay, my love," he said,
"Soon I must awa' frae here."

His staff was but a broken oar,
His claethes were o' the seaweed green,
And as he stepped ontae the dock,
His e'e held a glimmerin' sheen.

"O no!" She cried intae his arms,
"Tell me that it isn't sae!
"Will ye no' spend the night at least,
Afore ye tell me ye must gae?"

"A night, I will, but only ane,
Afore the hounds of hell arrive,
At dawn I leave, for then the dogs
Will back intae the sea me drive."

And so they went, hand in hand
Fram the dock te her cottage fair,
And through the nicht he held her close,
The smell o' the sea mingling wi' her hair.

But soon the nicht had all but spent,
And thrice the cockrel called the day,
Rising fram his lover's bed,
The sailor cried "I must awa'!"

"The hounds o' hell are drawin' close,
They soon will track me doon, I fear,
And gin I'm missed out o' me place,
I must flee noo, awa' fram here!"

"Oh nae," she cried, her arms spread wide,
"Tell me that it cannae be!
If ye must gang awa', my love,
Tell me when I can see thee?"

"Alas me love, I cannae say,
For the gates o' hell are strong and wide,
Nae man has e'er broached them yet,
And I am buried deep inside."

Then bricht the sun shone in the room,
Bright it came in through the door,
And wi'out a word the phantom love
Vanished and left her heart sae sore.

She sat her doon and began tae weep,
Each tear wringing her heart,
Till the sun sank doon tae sleep,
And the moon rose tae play her part.

She gathered her shawl aboot her tight,
And tae the dock was her weary tread,
And standing on the dock she cried
"I cannae believe my lover is dead!"

Nae reply came tae her,
Nae opening o' the gates o' hell,
Nae sail on the distant shore,
Nae ringing o' the sailor's bell.

The water here was cald and dright,
Seeping up intae her banes
And lang she lay and cast adrift
Amang the weathered shingle-stanes.

Her hair like lilly-stems floated,
and when they pulled her to shore,
They said her face was calm and fair,
A beauty fit for lore.

Who can say if she found her love,
But on a certain night, she can still be seen
A banshee seeking for her love,
Wailin' her lover's keen.

Doon - down
Brit - Bright
dright - scottish word meaning horrible weather
alane - alone
gin - before
stane - stone
banshee - female ghost of scottish/celtic legends
keen - death lament
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Uploaded: Jun 12, 2007 - 11:57:54 AM
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said 4422 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
I could not have enjoyed this more
chinaman2 said 4422 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
very pleased that you did. thanks for listening.
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echoroom said 4419 days ago (June 15th, 2007)
Spell bound
Wonderful, evocative lyrics to this:

His staff was but a broken oar,
and a wonderful mood. I like your accents (my geordie accent is rubbish!)

really nice work

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echoroom said 4419 days ago (June 16th, 2007)
Back again
.. loved this even more the second time - the mix of contemporary beats and archaic language is really original - love it.

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chinaman2 said 4418 days ago (June 17th, 2007)
I'm sure Ms White would appreciate your comments. yes, she did make it easier to provide an appropriate sound setting and mood.
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elfdaughter said 4393 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
I LOVE it!
I love it, I really do. I really like the way you split up the verses at the end as well, to create a refrain. And I like the effect you applied to my voice as well...

Thanks for using my work in such a great piece!
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chinaman2 said 4393 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
glad you like it :)
i'm absolutely pleased that you enjoyed it. as I said, you r words made it enjoyable for me as well. :)
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Rebsie said 4285 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Accent sounds good to me ... though I am a wussy southerner so I don't know any better. :)

The voice works really well over the musical beat, it's very atmospheric.

Due to a technical fault on MacJams I'm unable to reply to the note you sent me, so I'll reply here and hope you find this! The Minstrel Boy vocal I did was for the Voice4Choice challenge and is a free-for-all, so you're very welcome to use it for whatever you like. You can grab my original (unaccompanied) vocal track here: http://www.macjams.com/song/33644
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chinaman2 said 4284 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
double :)
thanks for your comment & for approving my request! :)
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Char said 3327 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Enjoyed the
music and the poem. I was smiling. :)
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