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New Year Drift



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This song is from an album i got together two years ago and recounts an actual event on a ship i was sailing on years ago, when we drifted around at New Year with a parted anchor cable and didn't realise it till we danced up to the fo'c'sle and somebody saw it! 'Wobbly Bob' was a real character, too, an electrician, so called because he was generally a bit unsteady on his feet, especially in the evenings! Those were the days!
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New Year Drift

At New Year, son, the old man said,
You’re better off at sea,
Out of all the razzmatazz,
And Hogmanay TV,
Away from all the idiots,
That only drink at Yule,
Charged to pass the alehouse door,
To wrestle for a drink with fools.

Better on the hook off Rotterdam,
When we went to ring the bell,
Konga’d to the fo’c’sle head,
Dancing with the swell,

Just the lads and Auld Lang Syne,
The Captain and the crew,
Ringing out the old years end,
And welcoming the new.

Laughing as we plugged our ears that night,
To hear the whistle blow,
The old girl sounding with the rest,
Clear and long and low.

Ah, like old time sailors,
Under a stormy sky,
Raising in the fitful moon,
Our song of ages high,

Till Wobbly Bob went round to the pipe,
To let his water flow,
And noticed by the windlass wheel,
That the chain had broke below.

Ah, you should have seen us,
And heard the wild cries,
As we rushed back aft to tell the Mate,
We’re drifting on the tide!

At New Year son, the Old Man said,
With the other anchor down,
You’re better off to drink ashore,
Where everything’s aground,
But think of your own anchor, lad,
And how the cable runs,
Bring up on good holding ground,
To ride the gales to come.

Ah, like old time sailors,
Under a stormy sky,
Raising in the fitful moon,
Our song of ages high!
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H3nry said 2484 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
The old man and the sea
A good tale, nicely sung. It's also good to have a second anchor!
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mrattue said 2484 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Old Man
Cheers! Glad you liked it!

A second anchor was very good at the time!

The 'Old Man', incidentally, (which i suppose i should have capitalised) is the common shorthand for 'Captain' in the Merchant Navy over here, though perhaps you knew that?

Thanks for listening and have a good New Year

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michaeljayklein said 2484 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
I liked it!
My mother was a big fan of folk music when I was growing up and I guess I got my love of it from that early exposure. I know good stuff when I hear it, and I just heard it! You have such a marvelous bell-clear tone and such skilled and easy sounding diction (not once did I ever need to consult the lyrics--I appreciate things like that Marc). Beautifully sung, your playing is flowing lyrical and you've given a wistful and reflective song the treatment it deserves. Full marks on this (although I have to ask: what is Hogmanay TV? I'm a Yank after all yanno!). Thanks for sharing this work with us--and keep them coming! Happy New Year to you and yours, Michael
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mrattue said 2484 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Hi Michael!
Glad this one appealed! Though the guitar work sets the tone, the song like this is all about the lyrics so i am very pleased that they came through all right.

Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year (i expect you knew that part) and H TV is just a general term i coined to express the sort of canned parties and enforced jollity (and worse) that seems to pervade every channel at this time of year! It's not all bad, but a lot of it is! Surely if you are having a good New Year, you wouldn't be watching television?

Thanks for listening and leaving such a great comment.

Wishing you a great new year with many new songs for us to marvel at and enjoy!

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jfisenne said 2484 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
Nice balance
with your two guitars. I like the folksy vocals. Well done!
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mrattue said 2484 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Thanks for listening and leaving a comment. Glad you liked it. With the life-changing acquisition of a Mac and the power of Garageband, i am moving away a little from twin guitars, but at the time it was just about all i had!

Happy New Year to you!

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Catalina22 said 2480 days ago (January 3rd, 2011)
Wobbly Bob
This reminds me a lot of "Puff the Magic Dragon", which I think is a great song. Simple, lovely vocals--very easy on the ears! I loved the backstory in the description, too. :)
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mrattue said 2480 days ago (January 4th, 2011)
Thanks, Cort!
i'm a bit cooler by association now!

Glad you liked it and thanks for saying so.


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ramonaji said 2479 days ago (January 5th, 2011)
this is just so good
what a great tune! Really love the singing...
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mrattue said 2478 days ago (January 5th, 2011)
Wow, thanks!
What a lovely comment!

Keeps me believing!


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Char said 2476 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
a tune Peter, Paul and Mary would've loved to sing. Thanks.
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mrattue said 2476 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
Anchor-parted association
Could have donated the royalties to those with a dodgy cable!

Cheers for listening,

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Name: Marc Rattue
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