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Rolling Down To Old Maui

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A tribute to Stan Rogers who was taught this 19th century Pacific whaling trade song by Emily Friedman (editor of Chicago's "Come For To Sing" magazine) somewhere around the mid 1970s. Stan and his band sang it well, and they sang it a cappella. My rendition came out about a half step lower in pitch. And I'm just coming off a three-week uncommon cold that destroyed my voice. I may or may not re-record this ditty.

Thanks to Roxylee for turning me back on to Stan Rogers. I was originally introduced to Stan's music by Ed Hannifin almost 4 years ago. Tragically, Stan Rogers died in 1983 at age 33, just when he was hitting his long strides.
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It's a damn tough life, full of toil and strife,
we whalermen undergo,
And we don't give a damn when the gale is done
how hard the winds did blow,
Cause we're homeward bound from the Arctic ground
with a good ship taught and free,
And we won't give a damn when we drink our rum
with the girls from Old Maui.

Rolling down to Old Maui, me boys,
rolling down to Old Maui,
We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground,
rolling down to Old Maui.

Once more we sail with the northerly gale
through the ice and wind and rain,
Them coconut fronds, them tropical lands,
we soon shall see again;
Six hellish months we've passed away
on the cold Kamchatka sea,
But now we're bound from the Arctic ground,
rolling down to Old Maui.


Once more we sail with a Northerly gale,
towards our island home,
Our mainmast sprung, our whaling done,
and we ain't got far to roam;
Our stuns'l's bones is carried away,
what care we for that sound,
A living gale is after us,
thank God we're homeward bound.


How soft the breeze through the island trees,
now the ice is far astern,
Them native maids, them tropical glades,
is awaiting our return;
Even now their big brown eyes look out,
hoping some fine day to see,
Our baggy sails, running 'fore the gales,
rolling down to Old Maui.

[chorus 2x]

traditional melody and lyrics
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Roxylee said 3438 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Everyone needs to hear the music of Stan Rogers. Thank you for doing this one, Rich. Your voice sounds strong and the recording clear. Were you using the Zoom to record this one?
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Lardo said 3438 days ago (February 17th, 2010)

I did practice runs along the Santa Barbara coastline with my Zoom H2 digital recorder, and they sounded OK. But when it came time to sing chorus with myself, I set sail along the Midriff Bulge (north of Maui) and recorded it in Logic Express 7 on my old G4/500 MHz tower, using my Mbox 1 interface and Audiotechnica 3035 phantom-powered mic. I got the project mixed, boiled down to MP3 and uploaded to MacJams just before the main mast snapped and power went out. I am adrift in the Pacific. Come rescue me.

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Dadai.2 said 3438 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
very, very nice Richard...
A cappella no less.

I dig your chorus harmonies especially. Well sung. And you should have dropped anchor in the Santa Barbara harbor when you were sailing by and joined me in a drink of ale!

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Lardo said 3438 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
By and by...
Next time, mate.
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