The Wake of the Lorelei Lee Songs

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  • “Cape Cod Girls” with lyrics changed to reflect the home towns of the girls on the Lee Baby Gramps, from that infamous “Rogue’s Gallery” CD, put out by Johnny Depp and friends. Of course the Shantyman didn’t sound like Gramps – but you’ll get the idea.

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  • “Solo Tu.” The unfortunate Serena. She sings this verse about a minute into the video.

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  • “The Good Ship Venus.” I don’t want to offend any young sensibilities by posting this very obscene song so I won’t. You can find it on YouTube if you want. Again, it’s from that Rogues Gallery album: Perhaps just listen to first verse so you’ll get the sense of the bouncy little tune? Jacky, later on, uses the same tune for the little shanty she makes up on page 383.

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  • “The Wild Rover.” The Dropkick Murphys – Boston Celtic Punk Band – you can see from this video just why the British considered the Irish to be savages.

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  • “The Parting Glass” First, Katy, I want to point out that there’s a slight typo in the text of this song. The second to last line should read, “... So fill to me the parting glass” and not the way it is in the book. Please sing it in the right way. I can’t wait to hear it.
  • The High Kings, again – a shameless, absolutely over-the-top rendition. Scottish bagpipes, even!
  • Liam Clancy, the last of the Clancy Brothers, who was the model for our own Liam Delaney, and who passed last year. He sang this song at his last surviving brother’s funeral. At Paddy’s funeral, in 1998, Liam said, “We never ended an evening without ‘The Parting Glass’”. The Irish sure know how to send you off.

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  • “High Barbaree” Joseph Arthur, from, again, the Rogues Gallery CD. Not often you hear a muted trombone used in a sea song. This is how I imagine the Shantyman sounded.

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  • Jacky’s shanty – sung to the tune of “Good Ship Venus” noted above.

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  • “Heave Away” reprise of “Cape Cod Girls”