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A Porpoise, a Porgie, and the Other Was Me

handful_ofdust's playlist yesterday gave Cara Sposa a song "Don't Shake Hands with a One-Eyed Pirate", which sounds kind of double-entendre, but it's fun. So after we played it a few times, I put on something similar. See...

There was an album of sea shanties by Burl Ives that I loved as a kid. Ruined it by playing it over and over, getting it scratched, not putting it away properly. Eventually, it was more or less unplayable. Years later, after eBay, I was able to find a copy that had NOT been left in the loving ministrations of a careless child and was able to hear it again. Then we found another copy, similarly well-cared-for in Cara Sposa's father's collection when we were sorting through things after he died. It occurs to me that was eight years ago, and in the intervening years, the album has moved into the public domain (60 years, here in Canuckistan).

So I can now share it with everyone legally. Enjoy.

The first track is a little double-entendre, too, now that I think of it. My favourites back then were (besides, of course, the requisite Drunken Sailor), Stormalong, All You New York Girls, and Ben Backstay, but they're all good, if a little polished-with-chorus.

Download the whole album in a zip file.

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asakiyume
Nov. 17th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you!

First thing I played (so far only thing) was "Go Down You Red Roses," which I have known and loved only in excerpt, in the Kate Bush song "Waking the Witch."
barry_king
Nov. 17th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome. That's a fun one. It's interesting to be reminded how dependent we were on whale oil at one time.
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