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A song from the archives.

Last year, my guitar was stolen. In the case were over 50 original songs. Most of them are lost forever. Not all of them, though. A couple years ago I transferred a bunch of recordings from an old cassette tape I found. I posted some of those recordings but left a couple of them behind, not really liking the recording and with a vague idea that some day I'd re-do them. Well that's not going to happen now due to my being guitar-less. I found one of the recordings in my iTunes and to my surprise, I even had the lyrics typed up (good thing because this song was in the guitar case and therefore gone for good, or so I thought).

Before the MJ reunion disappears for good, I figured I could post this song from the archives. The vocals are from a much younger Joanna and the guitar playing was never my strongest asset, but it's a story song and was fun to play. I hope you enjoy it!
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Sailor Boy

Why did we ever get married
If you weren't going to stay?
Why give me a child?
And then leave me that way?
I waited alone for your return
I waited, just me and our son
But no knock was answered with your face
We couldn't believe what you'd done.

REFRAIN:
Why did you leave me, my sailor boy?
Why did you go away?
Why did you tell me you loved me?
And why did you come back today
Today – why come back today?

Ten years had passed; I had grown ill
Until the message arrived
A wind had kicked your boat away
And all the sailors had died
I picked up the pieces of my heart
And the doctor healed my mind
In him I realized that I had
Found a man who was kind.

::REFRAIN::

I was happy with Dr. Noe
You were out of my life
Then the phone rang and my heart
Was cut by a sailor's knife
You had managed to get away
And you realized what life was about
Then remembered there once was a girl that you'd loved
And returned by the quickest route.

::REFRAIN::

Now you're here in my family
The sailor meets Dr. Noe
And I only wish a single thought
That the sailor would leave me and go.

The doctor fears that I lied to him
My son learns truths that burn.
The neighbors breathe scandal happily
And all of my tears have returned.

Why don't you leave, sailor boy?
Go out on the next tide.
Life would've been so much easier
If you only had died.
Died! If you only had died.
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Comments: 24
Fans: 9
Plays: 112
Downloads: 85

Uploaded: Feb 22, 2010 - 12:20:38 AM
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011 - 04:16:12 PM Last Played: Mar 20, 2017 - 01:36:20 AM
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Hardware:
Shure SM58, a classical guitar (sniff -- I miss you, guitar, I truly do), and a Tascam cassette recorder.
Software:
I transfered it to digital using GB
Comments
TobinMueller said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Stolen instrument & music
I felt terrible reading about your stolen guitar and the 50+ songs also in the case. Such an awful thing.

When I was a in college, I had just finished a 287 measure double quartet that I was proofing before handing it in as my end-of-year project for composition master class. In my briefcase I has placed not just the handwritten final score, but all my notes and drafts... to make sure I'd included every idea that needed to be included. I was practicing my sax as well in a practice room, but stopped to walk someone down to the lobby. When I got back upstairs, my sax and briefcase were stolen. I checked every garbage can on campus, hoping the thief would've found my music and simply tossed it. I never found the music (or sax) and have never tried to rewrite that music or reuse any of those themes.

Thanks for sharing this. Authentic and a unique take on the sailor gone story line. Your style gives this modern twist a timeless feel.
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Joanna said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Tobin
I'm so sorry to hear that, Tobin. It's such an awful feeling, isn't it? I know who did it -- a former neighbor who was an actual kleptomaniac. Sadly, I didn't find this out until it was too late. I don't think she cared at all about the guitar or the songs. It was just an opportunity to steal. For all I know, she threw both away. These music thieves have no idea how incredibly important our instruments are, let alone how devastating it is to lose original music.

Thank you for your comments on the song and for sharing your story.
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caroline said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
i dated a guy i felt like that about once :)
fab to hear your voice joanna - i hope you are keeping well and happy my dear - big loves xoxox
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
caroline
It always give me a warm feeling to see your name, caroline. Thank you so much for dropping by!
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Dadai.2 said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
any sailing song...
is a good song. And, Joanna, this is a great sea ditty. I really dig it. Guitar sounds real good and your vocal is just right on for this tune. Kudos!


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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Dadai
Thank you, Jack! First of all -- cool ship animation. Let's hope that him leaving. Second -- thank you for all the kind words. I hesitated posting this for quite some time. I didn't think anyone would like it, so I'm thrilled to see feedback like that.
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Moviz said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
I know
all about re-discovering lost songs and recordings Joanna. Really pleased you found this.... a great Folk Song cum Shanty nicely sung and played, cheers M
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Moviz
Thank you so much! With the loss of so many songs, it is indeed a joy to find songs that are still around. I may not have a guitar to play them anymore, but that can be rectified. Thanks for dropping by!
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
VicDiesel said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
A sea shanty
A tragic story. Good that you were able to salvage at least that much.
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
VicDiesel
Thank you, Vic! I feel very fortunate to have saved some songs. And of course, I can always write more.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
scofugate said 2712 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
What a
sad story! I love this song!! it is so infectious!! I can't bare to tell my story of my long lost Slingerland radio king drum set..but I will say that I feel your pain.
Yes I enjoyed the song very much!!
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
scofugate
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the song. My condolences on the drum set. It's sad how many of us have apparently lost instruments, music or both.
Check out my latest song called Side By Side with Dadai.2
Ren-Tin-10 said 2711 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Great song...
...and nice delivery.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Jim
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Ren-Tin-10
Thank you, Ren! Love the screen name, btw.
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ktb said 2710 days ago (February 24th, 2010)
Sailor boy
First, so sorry to hear of the theft. I can't imagine your angst over the loss of your music (not to mention the guitar). A great story you unfold with the lyrics. A song that instantly sounds like it could be passed from generation to generation. Loved the ending!

I'm right in the middle of reading an account of the battle of Midway.
No real connection other than sinking ships :-) but somehow I think it created great visuals to your wonderful lyrics/storyline
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
ktb
Thank you, ktb! Very cool about the Midway visuals. That would put some pictures in one's head. I really appreciate your listening and giving such great feedback!
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shavingronaldscar said 2707 days ago (February 26th, 2010)
Solid!
Now this is proper folk music! Nice job.
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Joanna said 2707 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
shavingronald
Thank you so much! That put a big smile on my face.
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Outtaorbit said 2672 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Very cool
Cut by a sailors knife
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Joanna said 2607 days ago (June 7th, 2010)
Outtaorbit
Thank you for listening and commenting, Outta!
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RAVENS said 2641 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
So Cleaver
I absolutely love this! The lyrics are a hoot, and the conviction in your voice totally sold me. Darn sailor boys are nothing but trouble!

RAVEN ;-)
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Joanna said 2640 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Raven
Thank you so much for the kind words, Raven! And a big welcome to Macjams, too!
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Joanna said 413 days ago (June 9th, 2016)
Who's in the mood for a chanty?
The waves are kicking up and the chanty is in my head. Time for a sing-along!
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Damroze said 413 days ago (June 9th, 2016)
Good driving rhythm.
The guitar grabs at the beginning and the vocals seal the deal all the way to the all too truthful ending.


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Hi, I'm Joanna (not Jo, that's someone else). Garageband has allowed me to indulge my love for singing beyond concerts in the shower. My favorite part of songwriting is writing the lyrics. This makes sense, of course, because writing is what I d... [see more]

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