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The tired old trawler

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I finally found out that there is a specific section for collaboration, even if I at first planned to put this in folk (contemporary). That means I uploaded all my other songs to the wrong area. Anyway, this song and all others uploaded to the various sections is open for adaptation, collaboration, etc. So feel free to add harmonies, add verses, arrange, orchestrate, derivate (is that a word?), etc.

I wrote this at the end of my teens. I was listening to a lot of Gordon Bok in those days, hanging around the South Sea Seaport,going to the Folklore Center at the Washington Square church and listening to sea chanteys at the Piney Woods Folk Circle meetings. All of these influences are heard in this song.
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The tired old trawler's in the harbor
gently rocking and home from the sea
Children playing in the rigging
Sun is sinking, there's peace in the bay
But on the backstreets laden with taverns
Drunken men weave a ragged course with their feet

One young fellow cold and sober
Winds his way though the dark dirty streets
Rain is falling and by morning
He knocks at a window and waits by the door
A weary, worn woman comes to the doorway
And in his eyes this haggard creature's a fawn

He follows after to her chamber
She quiets the candles that show her cracked walls
One hundred shillings worth of loving
And years of loneliness have small rewards
But then far off there comes a clanging
The captain is calling farewell to the shore
Riptide is in and love is left hanging
Bound to sail for too many years

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Uploaded: Jan 26, 2008 - 10:17:47 AM
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Feter said 3825 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
The tired old trawler
outstanding ..singin and expressions with your voice !
Ican see a cellowrks fit the mood .but the song as it
is just wonderfull ...thnx for sharin !!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
thetiler said 3822 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
You paint a nice picture with the lyrics of this
tune. A picture musical setting here.

That is one of the great values I think of folk, that is the ability to lay a beautiful story image!

and the vocal is a bonus!

Thanks for adding this type of atmosphere here at MJ.

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I have been writing and singing since the age of 14. A red diaper baby born in 1952, I have lived in Tokyo 1979, teaching alternative media and English at several universities. I am involved in peace and social justice activities, which includes mai... [see more]

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