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    I'm 48 weeks into my build, and I swore I wouldn't let it go more than a year. Here's where it stands:



    So I will be fitting oar locks this week, and that made me think about my planned cruise this summer. I like to sing, and it seems a song while rowing would make the miles go more pleasantly. Do you have songs you like to sing while rowing?

    I seem to remember a video here a year or two ago-- someone (Kevin?) was rowing and singing a little ditty about "I am a sailor man" but I haven't been able to find it again.

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    That guy who crossed the Atlantic on his SUP would surely have a few?

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    ' Row, Row, Row your boat ' comes readily to mind. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    ' Row, Row, Row your boat ' comes readily to mind. :-)
    ...followed by "Michael, row the boat ashore".

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    Patti Griffin has a song called 'the rowing song', I believe. That would work.

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    Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't find a rowing beat in that Elvis Costello song. Here's one I could imagine rowing to:


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    Many songs from Gordon Bok's repertoire are good rowing songs. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKbjcVvO1Wk

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    I guess I row without a beat. More like a flow experience. I just need a catchy little ditty stuck in my head.

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    Maybe this one in 4/4 time will help. It is an old traditional rowing or short haul chanty. It is of course a bit off color so I won't get into more than the first verse.

    We're runnin away round the cape
    Some for debt and some for rape

    Oh Johnny come down the high road
    My good old man

    Oh wake her
    Oh shake her
    Oh wake that lady
    with the blue dress on

    Oh Johnny come down
    The high road
    My good old man

    Then the air turns blue with the rest of the chanty
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    Last edited by Jay Greer; 03-13-2017 at 08:14 PM.

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    Kevin
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    When I was trying to get infants to sleep I used to walk around the house with them making up little melodies, half nonsense. It was pleasant and the kids got to sleep. When I lost the wind in an Everglades Challenge and ended up paddling and paddle-sailing for several hours into the small hours, I found those tunes coming back, with half-nonsense attuned to the occasion. We adapt and create, but I was missing a memory that had stored a good song-bag.

    In my journal I jotted down this free-verse to memorialize the attempt at song, "Hour 18":

    And where are the two lights blinking
    six seconds apart as the chart prophesized?
    My head bounces on the mizzen mast reminding
    me to wake up, paddle south-southeast toward
    a blur of twinkles as if Santa Claus had
    set up camp ahead six nautical miles.

    Hour 18 and I am done-in but aware
    I have done something, my cushion having become
    a subtle medieval device of inquisition asking,
    ‘And what have you accomplished today?’

    While paddling I have smashed
    my knuckles on the leeboard rail now trailing
    shark bait with each stroke.
    The dried fruit-and-nut mix disagrees and time
    has come for another ‘direct deposit.’
    The sails, staggering side to side, seem to peer
    around invisible walls looking for work.

    Nonsense comes to my lips, and some tune
    I used to hum while bouncing my infants
    to sleep in similar wee hours; funny how
    I have not thought of that tune for years,
    though the shattered sea-chantey comes to
    horrific life – “heave-ho, bend your back, paddle away,
    we still have a hundred miles today.”
    Desperate rhymes for fighting dozing times.

    This is all very interesting because there is no lack
    of the modern here, the epoxy glue, the
    stainless steel fittings, the GPS glowing
    its report at a touch. And so it must be
    very modern too living this lack of traditional,
    my song-bag never full as if born torn and
    empty of the old songs I never had but
    revive at Hour 18, some miles from Venice Inlet,
    shocking their corpses with lightning strokes this
    Frankenstein of work songs:
    “Heave me boy, paddle tonight,
    the miles are long, no rest in sight.”

    My middle-aged body creaks in time
    to the invention of the past. Who knows
    if I pass this way again, the glowing
    high-rises will have become Indian huts, the smoke
    and light from fish drying at fires, and my mind
    remembering enough songs for a thousand miles?

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    If you have enough wind to sing, yer not rowin' hard enough. Save the songs for later.

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    I'll tell you a tale of the bottomless blue
    And it's hey to the starboard heave ho!
    Look up lad a mermaid be waitin' for you,
    in mysterious fathoms below.

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    Catchy ditty for rowing? This will be a slow steady row and only has a line about " o'er the main" as a nautical reference, but it sure is catchy, and classic:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fy3tSim3to
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    Nice cadence and repetition, lyrics are suitably miserable.
    Last edited by trent hink; 03-14-2017 at 07:20 AM.

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