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Grace Darling


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mrattue

 Genre: Ballad

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(Album 'North of the Humber' Track 3 of 10)

On the stormy night of 7th of September, 1838, Grace Darling, the daughter of the keeper of Longstones Light in the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumbria, saw from an upstairs window that a ship, the Forfarshire, had foundered on Big Harcar Rock, and broken in half. On the low top of the rock several survivors yet clung and, thinking the sea too high for the Seahouses lifeboat to answer, she undertook with her father to row their small boat along the lee-side of the islands and attempt a rescue, despite the atrocious conditions, a distance of nearly a mile. When they came to Big Harcar, there were five persons still living and they took them all off, Grace keeping the boat steady while her father brought them down, and from thence they rowed back to Longships.

This remarkable feat was widely celebrated at the time, and remains very well known along the coast of Northumbria and indeed, across the UK and the world. Grace herself proved a reluctant celebrity at the time however, and died five years later from tuberculosis at the age of 27, still a single woman.
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Lyrics
Grace Darling


I’ve followed the sea,
For all of my life,
And I know, how afraid,
I have been,
When the wind blows,
And the tide goes,
Like they’re out to destroy,
A doomed ship and crew,
Like a tempest can do,
Like the storm that you knew, and

You'll have to forgive me,
If i praise you this way,
You were the Good Shepherdess,
With your father that day,

I've been out to the place,
Though now there's no trace,
Of the steamer, that foundered that day,
Where the wind blows,
And the tide goes,
Just like they never conspired,
To drive it aground,
For tragedy bound
To pummel and drown,

And so you'll have to forgive me...

I've touched the small boat,
That bore you so well,
From Longships Light,
Into that gale,
In the foul night,
By the moon’s light,
Out to Big Harcar Rock,
For the people you saw,
That could hold out no more,
Who you risked your life for,

Oh, you'll have to forgive me,
If i praise you this way,
You were the Good Shepherdess,
With your father that day,

And though there’s no trace now,
On Old Harcar Rock,
Of the Forfarshire’s broken beam ends,
We’ll still raise a glass,
Our Northumbrian lass,
To a great-hearted daughter,
And friend!
Song Stats
Hits: 3660
Comments: 39
Fans: 12
Plays: 126
Downloads: 67
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Feb 12, 2011 - 04:29:47 AM
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2011 - 07:16:13 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 03:46:33 PM
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Comments
Catalina22 said 2270 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Incredible Story
That story is absolutely chilling! Thank you for sharing. Your song is so beautifully reminiscent of everything about the sea--loneliness, beauty, longing . . . I can just see everything about the story as you play and sing. The subtle, almost imperceptible strings are just perfect in the background. What a treat. :)
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mrattue said 2269 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Hi Cort!
Thanks for listening and i'm so glad that it did something for you!

Tried putting more into this song in terms of accompaniment, but it just seemed better with less in the end, and as you say, accentuated the loneliness and longing in it.

Marc
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K.I.S.KISMET said 2270 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
i find
your work fascinating and i admire your talent to deliver such alluring songs. kind of like stories from a singing book of folk tales.


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mrattue said 2269 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Bookish
i am happy to be a singing book, with stories that fascinate! A very old form, after all, and so well tried and tested!

Glad you picked it up and let the tale unfold!

Cheers now,

Marc
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neilh79 said 2269 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Grace Darling
Very smooth Marc, enjoyed well done
mrattue said 2269 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Cheers, Neil!
Thanks for stopping by again and posting a good review!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Marc
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christopherpsly said 2269 days ago (February 12th, 2011)
Hi Marc
You have a lovely folk voice my friend.
Very well sung indeed!
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mrattue said 2269 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Thank you!
Glad the vocals didn't detract. Difficult to do much about that side of things.

That Northumbrian coast if very evocative, isn't it? There were subjects for songs everywhere.

Thanks for listening,


Marc
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lholden said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
sea stories
Marc, this has such a wonderful storytelling feeling:) I love the entrance of the strings in the background. Well done.
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mrattue said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Thanks, Laura!
Glad you liked it. Finding a background instrument was difficult for me, so i'm glad the strings worked for you!

Thanks for listening,

Marc
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sammydix said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Time travel
No monotonous beat here. Nice roomy sound.
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mrattue said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Thanks!
Good of you to stop by and have a listen. Not everyone wants music from another century!

Cheers


Marc
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sammydix said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
Ha!
LOL
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Mosaica said 2268 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
The perfect musical treatment
for this story, and good to be reminded of it. Great folk-y vocal and some lovely accompaniment there.
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mrattue said 2267 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Thank you!
Glad it hit the spot!

Thanks for listening.

Marc
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KCsGROOVE said 2267 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
I really like
the stories you tell.
You've found your own niche :-)
Very much enjoyed!
KC
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mrattue said 2267 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Cheers, Cees!
If you can't be good, you'd better be different, that's what i thought! lol!

Thanks for listening and i'm really glad so many MJers seem to like a musical contrast.

Much encouraged,

Marc
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DWL said 2266 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
I know the story
and you've done a great job with this. Simple and direct with nice little touches.

Very effective.

Cheers

Dick
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mrattue said 2266 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Thanks, Dick!
Glad you stopped by and got something out of it. Means a lot!

Cheers,

Marc
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SJB said 2266 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
A poet and guitar palyer?
Reminds me of early Leonard Cohen. I loved it!
The historical narrative has always been a favourite song form of mine (Al Stewart etc)
Best wishes
Steve
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mrattue said 2266 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Early Leonard
That's a great name to be mentioned in the same sentence with, thanks, Steve.

It's a good feeling to sing about things that took place long ago, though i don't fully understand why, a magic in remembrance of something, isn't there?

Cheers for listening and leaving such and encouraging comment.

Marc
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apb said 2266 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Very well done Marc
Ah great heroic, historical folky number... I'm partial to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Henry Martin" myself... your voice/accent perhaps made me think of Steeleye Span for some reason ... sounds good: my improvements would be on reducing hiss and a better mic? How are you recording the guitar and vocals?
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mrattue said 2265 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Hiss
Really glad you enjoyed it.

Cees (KCsGROOVE) mentioned the hiss, too, and i have downloaded some software that might help for future songs. Guitar and voice are just recorded through my mixer's internal mic and obviously picks up hiss along the way.

Thanks for listening.

Marc
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thetiler said 2266 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Enjoy the
folk feel to this, with a english celtic sound. Nice english singing to this.

Thanks for sharing ! Like how this gains steam as it goes too. Way to go!
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mrattue said 2265 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Nice English
Thanks for listening and the favourable comment!

Cheers now,

Marc
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2265 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
wow
I love this recent work of yours. I seriously want to cover some of this.......Can't say enough good about this.
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mrattue said 2264 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Seriously
It would be such a rush for me if you did!

Never had anyone do that before!

Thanks for the great comment.

Marc
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Narad said 2265 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Grace Darling
Beautiful tune ! Much enjoyed ! :)
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mrattue said 2264 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Thank you!
Good of you to stop by and leave a comment.

Glad you enjoyed it. Very encouraging.

Marc
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Loob said 2263 days ago (February 18th, 2011)
Quite the story teller Marc!
And it does indeed transport us to another time when your song plays. I like it very much!
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mrattue said 2262 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Hi Freddy!
Glad the time machine is working!

Thanks for listening.

Cheers now

Marc

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Moses said 2263 days ago (February 18th, 2011)
grace darling
nice song to listen to, to calm down after work. the guitar was beautiful in this and I liked the panning/mix
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mrattue said 2262 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Thank you!
Glad it helped you relax after work. That's got to be good!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Marc
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Char said 2263 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
A tale
of daring and courage and compassion. Listening to you, I believe, is just like going back in time and traveling to the British Isles. Lovely rendition. Quietly and elegantly eloquent in music and lyrics and delivery. Thanks.
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mrattue said 2262 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Hi Char!
Nice to hear your positive review of this track. Glad i haven't let you down yet!

Warmest regards from

Marc
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oldlibmike said 2262 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Very nice tune
I love the ballad - nice mix of voice and guitar. I envy you the voice - without processing and/or reverb mine is hopeless :)


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mrattue said 2262 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Strange
Strange thing is, before i got to this site, i never really thought that i had a voice. It's been so encouraging for me to be contradicted for this style of music at least!

Thanks for listening and leaving a comment.


Cheers now

Marc
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paul f. page said 2260 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
story teller...
That's what you are, Marc. You have told this chilling and compelling story with a simple accompaniment and a sure vocal. I am especially taken by the cello line that accompanies the early part of the song. It is so sad and so lonely.

This is a lovely addition to your story album and I am very happy to nave heard it.
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mrattue said 2260 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
Hi Paul!
Glad you liked this one. I spent some time trying to add instruments to this track, but in the end it seemed more fitting with the subject matter to leave it a little bereft and lonely, with just the strings. Glad you thought it effective in the background.

Cheers for listening and leaving a comment!

Marc
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Name: Marc Rattue
Location: Warminster United Kingdom
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Forty something (just!), reclusive, seafaring latecomer, up until a year or so ago a writer of poetry, but more recently moved into music, having found that the production of songs was possible with a minimum of talent with the aid of modern technolo... [see more]

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A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. It is a rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, political (affected by the previous three types mentioned, refers to either glorifying the exploits o

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