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Plain Sailing

by Dust Rhinos

A collection of popular sea shanties performed by your favourite Celtic band from the Canadian prairies.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blood Red Roses
3:03 $0.99
2. A Drop of Nelson's Blood
3:23 $0.99
3. Bully in the Alley
2:30 $0.99
4. Mingulay Boat Song
4:05 $0.99
5. Soon May the Wellerman Come
2:26 $0.99
6. Leave Her Johnny
2:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Scott Nolan at The Song Shop
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jamie Sitar

The title Plain Sailing is a term for a perfect day of sailing. It was suggested to the boys by their friend Allan Prosser of the Oysterband. He loved the double meaning of perfect sailing and these songs being sung by four guys from the prairies.

Blood Red Roses: Thought to be a Caribbean children's game, "Coming Down With A Bunch Of Roses" where children would dance between two parallel lines of clapping singers. The next dancer tries to mimic the dance moves of the previous dancer. It was adapted as a tops'l halyard shanty and over the years the lyrics changed to Blood Red Roses. It is also featured in the movie Moby Dick as the Pequod sets sail.

A Drop of Nelson's Blood: A classic sea shanty known by several alternate names. The Nelson's Blood reference is in honour of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. His body was stored in a barrel of rum for the voyage home. The legend has it that the sailors drank the rum in hopes of gaining some of their beloved admiral's courage and strength.

Bully in the Alley: Bully was sailor's slang for very drunk, to the point of not being able to walk. If a sailor got drunk too quickly for his mates, who still wanted to stay and party, they would stash their fellow in an alley and go back for him later before returning to the ship.

The Mingulay Boat Song: A song written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton (1874–1952) in the 1930s. The tune was part of an old Gaelic song, "Oran na Comhachaig". The song tells of sailors returning to the Island of Mingulay, Scotland. However, the island was evacuated in the early 1900s, so no one "sails homeward to Mingulay" anymore, making this possibly the saddest song ever.

Soon May the Wellerman Come: A rare New Zealand song about a shore whaling company. The song tells the tale of a supply ship that battles a great whale while on its way to resupply a shore whaling station.

Leave Her Johnny: The first song selected for the EP. It is a bittersweet song about the end of the voyage when sailors leave the ship with their pay but then need to find another job.



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