FINIS [WP] A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham

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Post by Libertyness » March 3rd, 2012, 10:55 pm

A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham (1784 - 1842) .

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Allan Cunningham was a Scottish poet and author. Cunningham was apprenticed to a stonemason, but gave his leisure to reading and writing imitations of old Scottish ballads. His prose is often spoiled by its misplaced and too ambitious rhetoric; his verse also is ornate, and both are full of mannerisms. Some of his songs, however, hold a high place among British lyrics. "A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea" is one of the best British sea-songs, although written by a landsman.(Summary by Wikipedia)
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A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham , read (or sung) for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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A WET sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While like the eagle free
Away the good ship flies, and leaves
Old England on the lee.

"O for a soft and gentle wind!"
I heard a fair one cry:
But give to me the snoring* breeze
And white waves heaving high;
And white waves heaving high, my lads,
The good ship tight and free—
The world of waters is our home,
And merry men are we.

There's tempest in yon hornèd moon,
And lightning in yon cloud:
But hark the music, mariners!
The wind is piping loud;
The wind is piping loud, my boys,
The lightning flashes free—
While the hollow oak our palace is,
Our heritage the sea.
*swelling or roaring found in other editions of this poem if you prefer.

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Last edited by Libertyness on March 9th, 2012, 11:09 am, edited 4 times in total.

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Post by Libertyness » March 3rd, 2012, 11:03 pm

Hooray! I am doubly (dare I say tripley? (How does one spell triple-y?)) excited that I found sheet music for this. I tried to borrow a bit from the Fifty Cents song/poem thread I particpated in earlier for formatting.

The tune I found in an 1883 edition of Naval songs: a collection of original, selected, and traditional sea songs. No one else besides Cunningham was listed for the tune.

Thanks! :mrgreen: :D :mrgreen:
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Post by Algy Pug » March 4th, 2012, 2:09 am

Libertyness wrote:Hooray! I am doubly (dare I say tripley? (How does one spell triple-y?)) excited that I found sheet music for this. I tried to borrow a bit from the Fifty Cents song/poem thread I particpated in earlier for formatting.

The tune I found in an 1883 edition of Naval songs: a collection of original, selected, and traditional sea songs. No one else besides Cunningham was listed for the tune.

Thanks! :mrgreen: :D :mrgreen:
Liberty
Hi Liberty

Access to Google Books can be difficult for folk not living in the USA. Is there any way you could extract the music from the book and post it separately?

Cheers

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Post by RuthieG » March 4th, 2012, 2:20 am

http://www.archive.org/stream/navalsongsacoll00unkngoog#page/n66/mode/2up

There are quite a few tunes to this available on the web. The above one is the one that I know best.

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Post by aradlaw » March 4th, 2012, 6:10 am

Thank you for the archive music link Ruth, I've added it to the opening post. :)

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Post by Libertyness » March 4th, 2012, 7:48 am

Thanks for the help Ruth, Algy, David. At 1am my research skills are pretty lack-luster. :wink: Glad to get this show on the road!

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Post by Vandermast » March 4th, 2012, 3:55 pm

If I may just slide this in under the nautical radar...

Singing I ain't(!), but gusty gusto seemed called for. Indeed, had I not chopped off the tail of the recording you would have been treated to a great deal of desperate coughing! :lol:

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Post by fshort » March 4th, 2012, 4:30 pm

The sea poem--not sung but waiting to hear other people's rendition.


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Post by Libertyness » March 4th, 2012, 5:23 pm

Jason- Wonderful! Your gusto had me grinning. PL is A-OK

Florence - Great job! You are PL-OK!

Thank you both for kicking us off so well. :]

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Post by ShaunLankford » March 4th, 2012, 6:17 pm

Okay... For those who do have the guts to make an attempt at singing, should they (note that I said THEY) follow the sheet music? There are a few slight word differences.

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Post by Libertyness » March 4th, 2012, 8:36 pm

Someone might need to double check me, but I think readers should definitely follow the quoted text in the first post.

Singers can choose to sing the quoted text or the sheet music lyrics. I don't think the differences are so substantial that either wouldn't pass a pl of the other. However as a young bc someone may have other thoughts about it? The snoring/roaring breeze and England/Columbia were the only differences that might give me pause.

Thanks for the question though. Hope to hear your rendition (musical or not) soon. :D
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Post by ShaunLankford » March 4th, 2012, 11:18 pm

Liberty,

The text quoted in this thread appears to be the poem/song as written by Cunningham (both Gutenberg and Bartleby use the wording, as well as numerous other sources). The only places I have found the other wording, to this point, are the sheet music and a performance that presumably referenced the sheet music. While my word is by no means law, I think you are right about reading the text as posted.

However, the song definitely flows better when using the layout (added lines, but not necessarily the wording changes) of the sheet music.

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Post by loyaleagle » March 5th, 2012, 12:54 am

Hurrah! (or maybe Three Cheers, in line with the time period) My suggestion was used! I love nautical stuff and this shanty is perfect. I'm even gladder that somebody found the music. I used to sing, but it's been long enough that I don't want to attempt the song. Even so, I look forward to somebody's rendition!

Working on my own spoken copy now...

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