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Another re-load, I'm afraid. Did this in 2005. Have put up several subsequent versions with better musicians collaborating.

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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: 3119
Comments: 18
Fans: 10
Plays: 93
Downloads: 78

Uploaded: Dec 05, 2010 - 02:41:29 PM
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011 - 07:56:07 AM Last Played: Jul 18, 2019 - 09:02:59 AM
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Gibson mando
Cheap guitar
Fiddle
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Comments
magnatone said 3151 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Sinking Man
this is quite cool! (i'm sorry, i just have trouble calling you "village idiot"). i like when the drumming comes in - bumping it up a notch. these are strong lyrics ("the water is rising round me" is particularly good!) nice work um ..... mr. village :)
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VillageIdiot said 3149 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
It's Mr Idiot to you
Thanks so much..
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egobandit said 3150 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Love this
rising water its a feeling I think the whole world is feeling right now, if I was there I would give you some money! some parts were very beetle sounding, Great song!
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VillageIdiot said 3149 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Water Beetle!
I like sounding like Beetles... thanks so much ego.
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mrattue said 3150 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Rising Water
Something about being born on an island, i suppose, but i always liked songs of the sea, even when they are more of a metaphor!

i can picture an old salt, long past his days of usefulness as a sailor, singing this for a few pennies by some misbegotten quay on a windy day.

Made for busking around the South West of England during the summer tourist invasion, i would say.

Nice.

Marc
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VillageIdiot said 3149 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Thanks
... I'm a south-westerner myself, so maybe that's where the water fixation starts. thanks for the very generous comment.
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jiguma said 3150 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
Really good one William!
I remember this one, and I still really like it. Maybe the strings could be backed off a bit (just a personal preference I guess), but a beautiful post.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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VillageIdiot said 3149 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Strings
... yes, you're right about the strings. But the original file is so mangled from being moved around I daren't touch it.

Thanks Neil.
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alackbass said 3150 days ago (December 5th, 2010)
The Sinking Man
Very good song. Love the instrumentation and the nice clear mix.
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VillageIdiot said 3149 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Thanks....
Much appreciated...
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tf10music said 3150 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
You're like
a hybrid of Jethro Tull and Belle & Sebastian...on steroids, with superpowers.

I don't I've heard a song you've uploaded that I haven't enjoyed immensely. I loved the ragged harmonies on this, and the woodsy instrumentation. Please keep them coming!
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PeterB7858 said 3150 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
Not Drowning, Waving?
Hi William. Excellent song with authentic sea shanty feel. The use of the upright bass, mandolin and bodhran (?) add nicely to the mix and the clever harmonies round the song off. I enjoyed dropping by for a listen. Regards, Peter.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 3150 days ago (December 6th, 2010)
the sinking man
like the mandolin. vocals work well with cool harmonies. clean production. neat arrangement that moves along at a cool pace. orchestration done very well. a very well thought out and accomplished tune. cheers graham
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dave_b said 3147 days ago (December 8th, 2010)
The Sinking Man
The song tells a story effectively. I'm liking the interior rhymes in the lyric ( eyes on, horizon), and the rootsy style instrumentation and arrangement.
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Dadai.2 said 3147 days ago (December 8th, 2010)
A good song for sure....
This is so endearing... love the entire acoustic feel. And you vocals are top of the drawer. Kudos mate...

D
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Demeter7 said 3107 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Very
nice sea shanty type song. Thanks.
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blaky smith said 3102 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
hey William
Great to hear this song again. I remember a version with Rebsie vocals. The melody is so beautiful, it remains engraved in my head.
Thanks to come with this version, very well done, very authentic, I love it...
Marc
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TheRye said 2716 days ago (February 13th, 2012)
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good lyric, well played too, enjoyed this
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