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A droning old ditty with weird psychosexual overtones.
I got it from a book of folksongs from New Brunswick, Canada - collected from a man whose father learned a lot of songs in lumber camps there. It is obviously a version of a British Isles folksong better known as the Maid on the Shore.
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Lyrics
were my men crazy or were my men drunk
or were my men all in despair
for to let her away with her beauty so gay
and again she's a maid on the shore

... for they asked her to sing them a verse of a song
to drive away sorrow and care

...for she sang it so neat, so mild and so sweet,
she sang all the sailors to sleep

and when she got them all asleep, all alone in despair
it's with a bright sword that she cut off their heads
and paddled her boat to the shore.
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Uploaded: Mar 17, 2009 - 09:40:32 AM
Last Updated: Mar 17, 2009 - 09:40:32 AM Last Played: Jan 19, 2018 - 05:27:21 PM
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Skean said 3322 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Nice
Very well done I liked it, thanks for sharing…Cheers
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Relic67 said 3321 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
thnx
thank you for listening Skean!
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Feter said 3322 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
The Sea Captain
WO ..man ...this is so deep ...your depth vocal with the fiddle ..
just magic ..the old trad folk scent all over MJ today ..i m enjoyin
this so much ...I a big fan of this kind of music ..and I can hear alot
of genuine sounds here ...a true remarkable recording ...Hat off to you !!!!
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Relic67 said 3321 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
trad
thanks feter, glad to know you enjoyed it.
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tempie said 3321 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
murderous maiden
I really enjoy your folk songs. They're not something everybody would tackle and I like the loose, honest approach that you take. If you ever want some hillbilly backing vox on an Appalachian tune just let me know - that would be alot of fun.
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Relic67 said 3321 days ago (March 18th, 2009)
cool
one thing I would like to tackle is an appalachian clawhammer banjo tune...
I used to play some banjo but I don't have one at the moment... when I get my hands on one I'm going to take you up on that offer!
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bud said 3320 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Great work
Really like the looseness of the performance and the quality of your playing and singing. Reminds me a bit of The Incredible String Band - one of my all time faves.
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Relic67 said 3320 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
folky
I really like the trad folk, inspiration for this one came from the sublime Martin Carthy / Dave Swarbrick records. Rebsie is an awesome performer, might be a bit out of my league though... my stuff is more on the amateurish (aka "loose" ) side! :)

thanx for listenin bud!
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egobandit said 3320 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
maid
Magical this is, love the violin guitar and it all. Im a big Pogues fan and this definitely has a real folk sound. Excellent!!!!
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Relic67 said 3320 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
thanks
thanks ego! I like the pogues too. (not enough to stop brushing my teeth though).


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Vic Holman said 3319 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
nice
a good live approach to the sound. But still played with conviction. I didn't know you played violin. that was cool
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Relic67 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
thanks
I started the fiddle later in life so I struggle with it compared to playing the guitar. However, I enjoy playing it, so I thought I should post some tunes with fiddle. Glad you liked!


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MannequinRaces said 3319 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Super!
This is some good stuff! I've been listening to a lot of The Decemberists lately and I'm digging this. I love songs that have a good story. You should really check out their stuff if you haven't already! Great raw quality to this!
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johnwhitehead said 3318 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Sea chanty
I dig this. It really sounds like a band. Love the open tuning (drop D?) and the fiddle. I've been skirting the edges of the Old-Time scene here in Mpls/St. Paul for around 10 yrs. The power of the old music can't be beat. I just picked up an el cheapo open-back banjo. Posted one banjo tune (Wintersong). I like your stuff a lot. Collaborate some time?
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Relic67 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Decembrists
I've heard that song where they sing "hang your head low" quite a few times... I think that's them isn't it? they sound like a good band, I will check out some more of their stuff.... thanks much for the listen!


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lengold said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Nothing better
than this coupled with a few pints of Guinness. Great tune and very well played.
Cheers
Len

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Relic67 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
thanks
it was done kinda quickly, and later I thought it should have been done faster and not as sloppy... however, I like the song and am glad it brought some enjoyment!



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davisamerica said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
@#%$ ....
i thought i commented before ... evidently not ... apologies cos i was gonna say this is just great. i love the trad. feel of this and it is really well done ... was gonna say that ... said it now ... man i even d/l'd before .... sigh
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Relic67 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
thanks
thanks very much Davisamerica!
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mowguy3 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
Very nice folk tune
No droning here, nice story some fine playing = great track. I enjoyed this very much.
Be well, Russ
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Relic67 said 3317 days ago (March 22nd, 2009)
thanks!
I am gratified that you enjoyed the song!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 3309 days ago (March 30th, 2009)
Folk...
... as an Irishman I have a divine right to comment on folk songs, shanties, reels and drones! This is really lovely, full of melody and salty authenticity. The instrumentation is great but it's your heartfelt love of the material that shines through in your voice that gives this recording its true soul. Bravo.
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Relic67 said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
alright!
Irish seal of approval means a lot!
thanks man.
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DeathArrow said 3304 days ago (April 4th, 2009)
lalala
omg this is just great !!
you have a really good voice that fits great to this song !!!

i love this song !!



cheers, Luke
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Relic67 said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thnx
glad you liked it Luke!


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Dj French Toast said 3304 days ago (April 4th, 2009)
Yes indeed
Little sea shanty ;) Very well sung and mixed great feeling and depth ...loved the fiddle !
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Relic67 said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thnx
thanks toast. glad you liked the fiddle, my playing is a bit on the raw side but what the heck.


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Calchas said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Wowie!
I thought I had accidently put on an old Steeleye Span record or something.

Excellent trad tuneage my man. Just excellent!

Be well friend!
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Relic67 said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thnx
thanks calchas. I'm definitely a big fan of steeleye span.
carthy and swarbrick played with them for a while I think - they were the main inspiration for how this was played (not near as good as them though)
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Calchas said 3299 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
Hey bro...
Martin might have played with Steeleye ever-so-briefly, in the early days, but I don't think Swarbrick did.

Peter Knight has always been SS's fiddler. Dave Swarbrick was Fairport Convention's original bowman.

Nevertheless, the influence is there in your tune, and I love it!
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MarkHolbrook said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
I love
ballads like this! You did a great job capturing the feel!
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Relic67 said 3300 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
thnx
thanks mark! I'll definitely try some more like this.



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John Stebbe said 3294 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Authentic
Relic, you've got a very authentic sounding folk style. The combination of guitar and the violin doubling the melody with your voice makes for some great music.

Your voice reminds me a lot of Randy Stonehill, who I used to listen to a lot in the 80s. He had a very honest, organic vocal style, and you do as well.
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Relic67 said 3294 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
thanks
I'll have to check out Mr. Stonehill's music!
glad you liked.
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Boundless said 3266 days ago (May 12th, 2009)
Wonderful
I enjoy the feel of those old folk ballads
and you're very good at it.

Good work. Thanks !


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michaelkoppenheffer said 3111 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
I just listened to this
After your Zevatron song--my head is spinning from genre confusion... But this is also very nicely done: it feels totally organic, and I found myself listening with my "enjoyment" hat not my "critic" hat on. Is this just you and you alone? Love the fiddling.
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Relic67 said 3111 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
thnx
Yeah it's just me but I didn't play the guitar and fiddle at the same time. :)
I hope to post some more fiddle stuff.
I really like the effect of juxtaposing divergent styles of music, so I try different things... glad you liked!
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michaeljayklein said 2924 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
Captain Morgan would approve
This is as good a sea shanty as they come---very authentic sounding and you done a bloody good job of it too!
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mrattue said 2794 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Captain without a crew!
More evidence that ladies are unlucky on a ship! Seafarer myself, so i'll have to watch out! Nicely in the genre of slightly spooky old tunes that seem to follow the sea. Nice job.
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