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Arms of the Sea

by Heather Alexander

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    A collection of traditional and original sea shanties and river songs.
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ARMS OF THE SEA Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander OH THE WIND & THE RAIN & THE SALT & THE SPRAY HAVE ALL CAPTURED MY SOUL FOR A YEAR & A DAY BUT UPON COMING HOME I FOUND NOT AS SHOULD BE SO I'LL GIVE UP MY HEART TO THE ARMS OF THE SEA! I was small when I started, both weakly and frail But a toss on the tide made me hearty and hail- I quickly grew stronger and taller and tan A fine strapping cut of a good sailor man “Twas a year and a day ‘til we finally touched ground I stood at the dock and then turned twice around- Set my foot stepping down memory lane Ah, but memories returned can quite oftimes bring pain- I knocked on the door and inquired within I was met by the mistress both handsome and thin- Looked at her softly and with a slight smile Requested for lodging to stay for awhile- She said, “Handsome sailor, you’re welcome to stay. My husband is gone and returns this next day.” And I knew by the way she was gazing at me She did not recognize who I truly could be- I thought on her words as they pierced through my heart I felt my soul shatter and splinter apart- I knew that love songs and poets had lied I would have done best trusting storm wave and tide- That night in my room as I blew the flame out A rustle of lace made me turn quick about- There in the doorway she stood silently And her eyes promised secrets between her and me- She fell to my arms but I drew her upright, saying “What of your husband who’s not here tonight? My dear fairest lady, I’ll not grant your will But my honour I’ll keep and your chastity still!” Next morning arrived and her husband returned Upon seeing my face, his cheeks flushed and grew burned- “For a year and a day, I assumed you had died A self imposed victim of folly and pride!” “No folly of mine to prove what could be done, Though my heart has been lost and my bet has been won- Though I now understand the words cautioned to me That a true hearted lass should not sail on the sea!” “Two things I will tell you before I must go Betrayal fancies comp’ny, so you should know- To the one heart that loved you you’ve given great slight And the one that you married betrayed you last night! Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2006
SOUTH AUSTRALIA Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander In South Australia I was born- HEAVE AWAY! HAUL AWAY! In South Australia, ‘round Cape Horn- WE'RE BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA! HAUL AWAY, YOU ROLLIN' KING! HEAVE AWAY! HAUL AWAY! HAUL AWAY, OH, HEAR ME SING WE'RE BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA! And as you wallop around Cape Horn- You’ll wish to Gods you’d never been born! Once I was out one evening fair- ‘Twas there I met Miss Nancy Blair! I shook her up, I shook her down- I shook her all around the town! There’s just one thing that grieves me mind- To leave Miss Nancy Blair behind! Wish I was on Australia’s strand- With a flask of brandy in me hand! But Portland is a mighty fine town- There’s plenty of girls to go around! Sea Fire Productions Inc, c&p 2006
One for the Morning Glory – traditional At the end of the day I like a little tay To raise up me voice and sing With an hour or two of a fine strong brew, Then I’m ready for anything! At the Cross Keys Inn, four sisters have been The landlord's hottest fare And every night when they turned out the light I would tiptoe up the stair! Singin'- ONE FOR THE MORNING GLORY TWO FOR THE EARLY DEW THREE FOR THE MAN WHO WOULD STAND HIS GROUND AND FOUR FOR THE LOVE OF YOU, ME GIRL! FOUR FOR THE LOVE OF YOU! I was called to war on a foreign shore To go and fight the foe I would see no more of the sisters four And so I was sad to go! I took that trip on a ship; The Morning Glory was her name And we'd all fall down when the rum went 'round And get up and start again! Singin'- I sailed once more from that foreign shore Farewell to the raging sea! The Cross Keys Inn, it was beckonin' And my heart was filled with glee! For there on the shore were the sisters four A bundle upon each knee There were three little girls and a boy in curls And they all looked just like me! Singin'- Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
Saucy Sailor 03:27
SAUCY SAILOR Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander “Come my own one, come my fair one, Come now unto me- Would ya fancy a poor sailor lad Who has just come from the sea?” “Well you are ragged, love, and yer dirty, love, and yer clothes smell much of tar- So begone, you Saucy Sailor lad! So begone, you Jack Tar!” “If I am ragged, love, and I’m dirty, love, and me clothes smell much of tar- I have silver in me pockets, love, I have gold in great store!” And when she heard him say so, On her bended knee she fell- “I will marry my dear Henry! For I love a sailor lad so well!” “Do you think that I am foolish, love? Do you think that I am mad? For to wed with a poor country girl, Where no dowry’s to be had?” “I will cross the briny ocean, I will whistle and sing- And since you have refused me offer, love, Some other girl shall wear the ring!” “For I am frolicsome, I am easy, Good tempered, and free- And I don’t give a single pin, me boys, What the world thinks of me!” Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2006
CHURN DOWN, COLUMBIA Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander From the start of the end of the settlers trail- CHURN DOWN COLUMBIA! Where the wind and the wives of the dead men wail- CHURN DOWN COLUMBIA! Oh they came from the East to the Western sea- CHURN DOWN COLUMBIA! All those young men and women far braver than me- CHURN DOWN COLUMBIA! SWEET WIDE WATER WITH YOUR FROTH & FOAM- CHURN DOWN, COLUMBIA, CARRY ME HOME! DOWN FROM THE DESERT MOUNTAINS OF THE DEAD- OUT TO THE FOREST GREEN TO REST MY HEAD! CHURN DOWN COLUMBIA! These hills and mountains are hot and dry- With the teeth of a dragon they rend the sky- Oh, take me away from the Devil’s Forge- Now I long for the green at the end of the gorge- Take me down to the cliffs where the snow streams fall- With their canyons deep as an eldritch hall- Where the sunset changes all the wood to gold- And the Wind’s forgotten more than Man has told- You were made by the waters of tremendous force- When an ice dam broke and it carved your course- Now you run with the flakes of a thousand snows- And I hear your laughter when the gorge wind blows- Tonight I’ll sleep in my forest home- And on to the sea you are left to roam- For my heart and soul are forever here- And those Eastern mountains will command my fear- Sea Fire Productions Inc, c&p 2006
Loch Tay 04:54
LOCH TAY BOAT SONG Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander “nighean ruadh” is red-haired little girl in Scots Gaelic* When I’ve done the work of day, and I row my boat away Down the waters of Loch Tay as the evening lights are fading- And I look upon Ben Lawers, where the after glory glows And I think on two bright eyes, and a melting mouth below She’s my beautious nighean ruadh! She’s my joy and sorrow, too And although she is untrue, well, I cannot live without her- For my heart’s a boat in tow, and I’d give the world to know Why she means to let me go, as I sing , “Horee, horo!” Nighean Ruadh, your lovely hair has more glamour I declare Then all the tresses rare ‘tween Killin and Aberfeldy Be they lint white, brown or gold, be they blacker than the sloe They are worth no more to me than a melting flake of snow- And her eyes are like the gleam of the sunlight on the stream & the songs the Faeries sing, oh, they're the songs she sings at milking But my heart is full of woe for last night she bade me go And the tears begin to flow, as I sing, “ Horee, horo!” Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2006
Shenandoah 04:30
SHENANDOAH Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander Oh Shenandoah, I’m bound to leave you- WAY HEY! YOU ROLLIN' RIVER! Oh Shenandoah, I’m bound to leave you- AWAY, WE'RE BOUND AWAY, ‘CROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI! Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter- I dream of her far across the water- For seven years, I’ve been a rover- But I’ll return to be her lover- I’m pushin’ off when dawn is breakin’- I’m goin’ home, but my heart is achin’- Sea Fire Productions Inc, c&p 2006
WOP JAMBOREE Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander Oh the pilot, he looked out ahead- With his hands on a cane and a heavin’ of the lead- The old man roared to wake the dead, “Come and get yer oats, me son!” WOP JAMBOREE, WOP JAMBOREE! LONG TAILED SAILORMAN, COMIN' UP BEHIND! WOP JAMBOREE, WOP JAMBOREE! COME AND GET YER OATS, ME SON! Soon we’ll reach the lizzard light- Soon, me boys, we’ll heave in the sight- We’ll be abreast of the Isle of Whyte- Come and get yer oats, me son! Oh when we get to the Black Wall docks- Pretty little girls come out in flocks- With short legged drawers and long legged socks- Come and get yer oats, me son! And when we get to Lanaus Lane- All the girls will spend our pay- We won’t sign on for another day! Come and get yer oats, me son! Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
Traditional Fiddle Tunes: Teague's Ailment, Fisher's Hornpipe, Alexander's Hornpipe Arrangement: Heather Alexander Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
The Boatman 05:45
THE BOATMAN Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander *Gaelic translation: “Oh my Boatman, and no one else!” * How often haunting the highest hilltop I scan the ocean a sail to see? Wilt come tonight, love, wilt come tomorrow? Or ever come, love, to comfort me? FHIR A BHATA, NA HORO EILE FHIR A BHATA, NA HORO EILE FHIR A BHATA, NA HORO EILE OH FARE THEE WELL, LOVE, WHERE 'ERE YE BE! They call thee fickle, they call thee false one And seek to change me but all in vain- For thou’rt my dream yet throughout the dark night And every mornin’ I watch the main There’s not a hamlet, too well I know it Where you go wanderin’ or sit awhile- That all it’s old folk ya win with talkin’ And charm it’s maidens with song and smile- Dost thou remember the promise made me? The tartan plaidy, the silken gown? The ring of gold with thy hair and portrait? The gown and ring I will never own? Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
MINGULAY BOAT SONG Traditional Music & Lyrics Arrangement: Heather Alexander HEEL YA HO, BOYS! LET HER GO, BOYS! HEAVE HER HEAD 'ROUNG INTO THE WEATHER! HEEL YA HO, BOYS! LET HER GO, BOYS! SAILIN' HOMEWARD TO MINGULAY! What care we how white the minch is? What care we for the wind and weather? Heel ya ho, Boys! Every inch is Sailin homeward to Mingulay! Set yer eyes on the sun arisin’ Gulls and doves fill the sky with feather- Cut her loose for the horizon We’ll be home soon in Mingulay! Wives are waitin’ on the bank or Lookin’ seaward from o’er the heather Turn around, boys, and we’ll anchor E’er the sun sets on Mingulay! Ships return now, heavy laden Mothers holdin’ their bairns a’cryin’ “They’ll return now, e’re the sun sets, They’ll return back to Mingulay!” Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006
SAILOR'S ADVICE Music & Lyrics: Heather Alexander Many’s the port and many’s the town Many’s a soft place to lay your head down- But finding the right one’s a hard thing to do Chart your course as you may, but you might not pull through- You may find her pretty, you may find her dear Many’s the time that you held her quite near But if life at the helm is where you place your hand Then you can’t take her with you, if she’s wed to the land- AFTER ALL THAT'S BEEN SAID, & ALL THAT'S BEEN DONE YOU MAY FIND INSTEAD THAT SHE'S NOT THE RIGHT ONE SO IT'S SMILES & A WINK, & IT'S “ANCHOR'S A-WEIGH” AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE LOVE THAT YOU'VE HAD 'TIL TODAY! Many’s the island you find out at sea Many’s the shoreline where you’d like to be- Hold fast to that dock for a year and a day Let your heart then decide if you set sail or stay- If your heart has been claimed by the wild ocean blue Then sweet silent waters will not be for you- Set your sights on the storm and the wind and the gale And marry the one who will billow your sail! AFTER ALL THAT'S BEEN SAID, & ALL THAT'S BEEN DONE YOU MAY FIND INSTEAD YOU DON'T SEE THE RIGHT ONE 'CAUSE SHE'S WILD & SHE'S WILLFULL & FIGHTS YOU IN PLAY BUT THAT LOVE THAT YOU STEER BY WILL FIND YOU YOUR WAY! Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006 HOSE ME DOWN BOYS! Music & Lyrics: Anonymous Just one thing can make me angry, Never fail to raise me ire- When I wake up in the mornin’ and Me hair’s been set on fire, boys! HOSE ME DOWN, BOYS, HOSE ME DOWN! ROLL ME O'BOARD & WATCH ME DROWN! WATCH THE WHIRL POOL SUCK ME DOWN, BOYS! HOSE ME DOWN, BOYS, HOSE ME DOWN! Well, I wanted to write a shanty, But I’ve never been to sea- But I’ve Johnny Depp twelve times And that’s good enough for me, Boys! Well, I thought I saw a sail boat But I really couldn’t say- You see, I’ve never seen a sail baot And it was very far away, Boys! So, I shipped aboard this sail boat With a captain brave and true- But if you ask me what kind of sail boat Well I haven’t got a clue, Boys! Now this ship’s gotten rather crowded There’s a hundred men and me- But to live with a hundred sailors, Well, that’s why I went to sea, Boys! Sea Fire Productions Inc. c&p 2006 MINGULAY BOAT SONG (Acapella Version) Arrangement: Heather Alexander Sea Fire Productions Inc c&p 2006


released August 1, 2006


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Heather Alexander Redmond, Washington

A changling from the Land of Fae, Heather brings stories and songs from a world where magic never dies and anything can happen if you only believe.

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