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Into The North

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fogel_ Ces chants de la mer sont rafraîchissants et c'est un style de chanson que j'avais complètement oublié, belle découverte..
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dirkmadness I was raised on Sea Shanties and this recent album has raised to the top of my list. It sounds like something you might hear in a dock-side tavern. It feels authentic, even those songs that are original. 'Roll Northumbria' sounds like a dying empire's dirge. Favorite track: Roll Northumbria.
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thecombinatorax I listen to a fair amount of sea shanty/maritime folk music and this album is the one I like most as an entire album.

In most other shanty/maritime folk albums there's about a third of the album I don't care for and, while I don't fully enjoy every song on this album, I enjoy the overwhelming majority of it. The fun they had and the passion they felt shines throughout the album. Favorite track: Lifeboat Man.
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1.
Rosibella 02:09
Farewell ye ladies of London Farewell ye ladies of Brixton We hate to leave, but we're leaving To board the Rosibella One Monday morning in the month of May We all heard the old man say Come me lads now for six months’ pay To board the Rosibella She's a deep water ship with a deep water crew She's a deep water ship with a deep water crew We could hug the shore, but damned if we do Aboard the Rosibella Around Cape Horn where the dolphins play Around Cape Horn where the dolphins play Around Cape Horn is a hell of a way Aboard the Rosibella Pretty Nancy is my love true Oh Nancy yeah she's my love true She could handle this whole bully crew, love Aboard the Rosibella
2.
Fire Marengo 01:51
Lift him up and carry him along Put him down where he belong Ease him down and let him lay, Screw him in and there he'll stay. Stow him in his hole below, Say he must and then he'll go. When I get back to Liverpool Town, I'll pass a line to little Sally Brown. I'll haul her high and I'll haul her low, I'll bust her blocks and I'll make her go. Screw the cotton, screw him down. Let's get the hell away from Shiloh Town.
3.
Pour retrouver ma douce amie Pour retrouver ma douce amie Pique la baleine, joli baleinier Pique la baleine, je veux naviguer. Aux mille mers j'ai navigué. Des mers du nord aux mers du sud. Dans les grands fonds, elle m'espérait. Tous deux ensemble on a pleuré. En couple à elle je me suis couché
4.
Twas late 65 at the old Wallsea Yard Where she was commissioned to haul the black tar We built the northumbria there on the bar Roll Northumbria Roll For when the Egyptians closed the red sea The call came on high from the Brtitish Navy To build a royal monster right down on the quay Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys Roll Northumbria Roll Carpathia, Vengeance, Celestial Call she was the tanker to outsize 'em all From the banks of the Mersey to the Port of Hulal Roll Northumbria Roll And fair Princess Anne threw a bottle of wine And watched as the giant set down in the Tyne What lay ahead could no mortal divine Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys Roll Northumbria Roll So come all you good workmen beware the command That comes down on high from the desk of a man Who's never held steel or torch in his hand Roll Northumbria Roll For atop a wild breaker the cracks in her frame spilled 'er black guts all across the wild main And she limped away through an ocean of flame Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys Roll Northumbria Roll
5.
Joli Rouge 03:07
From France we get the Brandy from Martinique the rum sweet red cabernet from Italy does come but the fairest of ‘em all me boys the one to beat the day is made from apples up the mighty Saguenay Cho: follow me lads ‘cause this 'aint no grog or ale one pint down you'll be swingin’ in the gale five pints bully, you’ll be shakin' in your shoes we're half-seas over on the Joli Rouge so turn your sails over and bring her hard to port find that little star and fly straight into the north the wild sun upon your back the wind a-blowing free you're rolling down the river boys to old Chicoutimi she's called the dreadnought cider she's proper and she's fine and when the day is over how I wish that she were mine or in the dark of winter, or on a summer's eve one hand giveth while the other doth receive So you can have a Mangers and pour it over ice or you can have a Strongbow if it's sadness that you like or join us up the river and we'll set your heart aglow and how you'll feel when the real cider starts to flow
6.
Lifeboat Man 01:39
I'm off to see me darlin' Jen She's hanging around the slip again She heaved herself into the sea Screamin' come on boys, come and rescue me They launched the boat to save our Jen It was full of handsome lifeboat men They pulled our Jen out from the wet And laid her right down on the deck Then the lifeboat sailed from North to South And the crew all gave her mouth to mouth And they puffed and preened for to win her hand But she went below with a midshipman She said my lad now you saved my life You can take me home for to be your wife
7.
I'm going for to leave you I'm going for to leave you I'm bound away for St George's I'm bound away for St George's shipped on board a yankee whaler shipped on board a yankee whaler My master’s gonna sell me My master’s gonna sell me Sell me for a Yankee dollar Sell me for a Yankee dollar I'm going for to leave you I'm going for to leave you
8.
The pilot he looks out ahead The hands on the cane heavin of the lead And the old man roars to wake the dead Come and get your oats me son Cho: Whup! Jamboree, Whup! Jamboree Oh ya long-tailed black mare comin’ up behind Whup! Jamboree, Whup! Jamboree a-come and get your oats my son Oh, now we pass the Lizard lights And the Start, me boys, will heave in sight. Soon we're abreast of the Isle of Wight, Come and get your oats my son Now when we get to the black wall dock Those pretty young girls come out in flocks With short-legged drawers and long-tailed frocks Come and get your oats me son And now the bar-ship is in sight We're picking on up to the old Rock Light Gonna get the ol' stick taped tonight Come and get your oats me son Well, then we'll walk down limelight way And with all the girls will spend our pay We'll not see more 'til another day Come and get your oats me son And soon we'll see old Holyhead No more salt beef, no salt bread I catch my Jinny and it's off to bed Come and get your oats me son
9.
'Twas a cold an' dreary mornin' in December, (December) An' all of me money it was spent (it was spent), Where it went to Lord I can't remember (remember), So down to the shippin' office went, (went, went), Cho: Paddy lay back! Take in yer slack! Take a turn around the capstan, heave a pawl! All around ship’s stations boys, be handy For we’re bound for Valaparisa ‘round the horn! That day there wuz a great demand for sailors (for sailors), For the Colonies and for 'Frisco and for France (an' for France), So I shipped aboard a Limey barque the Hotspur (the Hotspur), An' got paralytic drunk on my advance ('vance, 'vance), 'Twas on the quarterdeck where first I saw 'em, Such an ugly bunch I'd niver seen before; For the captain had shipped a crew of Belgians An' it made me poor ol' heart feel sick an' sore. I axed the mate a-which a-watch wuz mine-O, Sez he, 'I'II soon pick out a-which is which'; An' he blowed me down an' kicked me hard a-stern-O, Callin' me a lousy, dirty son-o'-a-bitch. But Jimmy the rat he knew a thing or two, sir, An' soon he'd shipped me outward bound again; On a Limey to the Chinchas for guano, boys, An' soon was I a-roarin' this refrain. So there wuz I once more again at sea, boys, The same ol' ruddy business over again; Oh, stamp the caps'n round an' make some noise, boys, And I'll be here a singin' this ould refrain.
10.
from the streets of old Victoria to fair old Mabou town from Portage to Spadina listen closely for the sound a voice still echoes softly through the rivers and the plains so don't you dare stop listening and don't forget his name cho: Arise and be merry and sing out while you can The world will never see the likes of dear old Stan The Yanks have Woodie Guthrie, The British Ralph McTell The Celts have got the Corries, aye and Ronnie Drew as well Adge Cuter sings of cider out in the west country but I am a Canadian, and so I say to thee When I was just a nipper bouncing on my mummy’s knee ‘twas Harris and the Mare me boys she sweetly sang to me And as I closed my eyes beneath the Northern moon so pale I dreamed I was the Captain standing on the Nightingale At the Wolf and Hound Vancouver, just for a pint or two These blokes were singing Old Maui from the whales’ point of view I thought of old Stan Rogers and walked straight out the bar And started up the Dreadnoughts, and here we bloody are
11.
Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving broken weathered bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones. Cho: Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea. Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain. And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea. How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.
12.
Sacramento 01:53
O, around Cape Horn we are bound to go Around Cape Horn through the sleet and snow, Oh, around Cape Horn in the month o' May, Oh, around Cape Horn is a very long way. them Spanish gals ain't got no combs, They comb their locks with tunny-fish bones. We're the bullies for to kick her through, Roll down the hill with a hullabaloo. We'll crack it on, on a big skiyoot, Ol' Bully Jim is a bloody big brute.
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14.
Shiloh 02:34
Oh Shiloh, Here' mud in your eye Get one long look fore You say your goodbyes We're rolling this shanty block out on the water We've robbed your sons blind and we've loved all your daughters So let her drift out where she lay The river will take us away with lodestar above aye and trammels in tow we are hauling away from Shiloh Now the girls of the landing They're plump and they're pretty And the old Mississippi Has beauties a'many There's parsons and lawmen with plenty of money To store in the hold of this old flying jenny So Shiloh now dry out your tears For we gave ya tales you’ll be tellin’ for years there's river rats, junkers and sailormen too but we are the boys who can pull her straight through
15.
While on this ship, my days are spent In anxious care, oft discontent. No social circles here are found; Few friends of mirth all here abound. I think of home, sweet home, denied, With the one I love near by my side. See hoisted high the flag of love, By heavenly breezes waved. Here, sailors, stop, and orders hear. Obey and you'll be saved. When will kind fortune set me free, That I can quit the boistrous sea? I love this ship, I love the fight I love to roar into the night Oh home, sweet home, so long denied, With the one I love near by my side. So rum and war shall be my share As we set sail for who knows where and God help the wretch who finds his flight Caught in this weaker vessel's sights Now home sweet home, shall soon be ours For a song calls out between the stars

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The greatest collection of original and reworked traditional sea-shanties in modern times!

"Holed up for a week in a small wooden cabin with nothing but whiskey in our glasses, four microphones in front of us, and hordes of mosquitoes outside singing along, we belted these damn songs over and over until we had them just right, and the result is the album we've always wanted to make." - The Dreadnoughts

First and foremost, the Dreadnoughts would like to thank Chris Corvus of Kamloops, BC, whose heroic four-hour drive and delivery of two crucial audio adapters to a remote B.C. location basically saved the recording. Thanks again, bud. This album literally wouldn’t exist if you hadn’t done that!

Thank you to Aled Jenkins from Smokey Bastard for not only temporarily joining the band, but also for engineering, mixing and mastering the whole bloody thing. Wow.

Thank you to the International Shanty All-Stars: Martin Richards, Jagoda Stawiarska, Joshua Malik and Pelle Kjellberg.

Finally, thank you to everyone who continues to buy and stream our stuff, as you have basically paid for us to do this album exactly as we wanted to: in an old wooden building in a beautiful location with some high-end studio gear and a few drops of fine cider to pull us through. You are the best.

Recorded in a cabin in mosquito-infested 70 Mile House, BC, Canada.
Mixed by Nicholas Smyth and Aled Jenkins
Mastered by Aled Jenkins
All songs traditional except “Roll Northumbria”, “Shiloh”, “Jolie Rouge” and “Dear Old Stan” (Nicholas Smyth) and “Northwest Passage” (Stan Rogers)
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