Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

Click this way and scroll along if you please...Enjoy your stay.   

Sea Song Videos Continued ~ G-I

Sea Song Videos Continued ~ G-I

Time sails steadily forward. Like endless waves, minutes and hours pass by our hulls as they always have with a cool constancy. Like  the steady breathing and warm-hearted beating of human life, time's repeating chorus resounds within the human spirit. It is song that replicates that life force. And it is mankind's singing and songs that not only reminds and rewinds our past, present and future, it is often what keeps us connected to all three of them.

The past is often recorded with the help of song. Memories are often kept alive with rhythm, rhyme and melodic messages. But songs are often full of hope, anticipation and romance. They can't stay in the past or languish in the present; they often want to last forever. While they make us recollect, reflect and speculate on yesterday, today and tomorrow. They make time stand still while moving us to join in, dance or simply think. 

Songs also help us know what shouldn't or can't be forgotten. They help us dream about what has yet to happen. They help us transport our beings to another time and place. They often make us more present in our listening. More alive! More at peace! And yet more attached to other times.

Whether time clarifies perspective or fades facts, our minds unwind with remembrances. Songs entertain and tickle our fancy. They fill our minds, soothe our heart ache or comfort our soul. And it is songs that tug at our emotions, that touch our hearts and stretch our imaginations. When their lyrics depict a situation, an incident or even a natural occurrence, the experiences of man, sea and sail, their creation memorializes moments in the course of human existence. And when songs evoke joy, sadness, love, passion, reflection or inspiration, they become timeless. They last forever. And when they are coupled with powerful poetic passages and beautiful visuals, they often overwhelm the senses. exaggerated or diminished with the passage of time. 

But as you may experience with this collection of songs, the lyrics are the essence while the sound and the views may mislead. We all know that sometimes reading a book is better than watching the movie. To listen without seeing sometimes doesn't adulterate one's senses and sensibilities. Sometimes the video and sound get in the way. Sometimes too much introduction can distract. So watch and listen, listen only or read away. Long may we all sing. Long may we imagine and feel.

Garth Brooks:

"The River"

You know a dream is like a river

Ever ch:as it flows

And a dreamer's just a vessel

That must follow where it goes

Trying to learn from what's behind you

And never knowing what's in store

Makes each day a constant battle

Just to stay between the shores...and

I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

Like a bird upon the wind

These waters are my sky

I'll never reach my destination

If I never try

So I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

Too many times we stand aside

And let the waters slip away

'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow

Has now become today

So don't you sit upon the shoreline

And say you're satisfied

Choose to chance the rapids

And dare to dance the tide...yes

I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

Like a bird upon the wind

These waters are my sky

I'll never reach my destination

If I never try

So I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

There's bound to be rough waters

And I know I'll take some falls

But with the good Lord as my captain

I can make it through them all...yes

I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

Like a bird upon the wind

These waters are my sky

I'll never reach my destination

If I never try

So I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

Yes, I will sail my vessel

'Til the river runs dry

'Til the river runs dry

Glenn Yarborough: (two videos for one song)

Baby The Rain Must Fall

Some men climb a mountain

Some men swim the sea

Some men fly above the sky

They are what they must be.

But, Baby the rain must fall

Baby the wind must blow

Wherever my heart leads me

Baby I must go

Baby I must go.

I do not love for silver

I do not love for gold

My heart is mine to give away

It never will be sold.

So, Baby the rain must fall

Baby the wind must blow

Wherever my heart leads me

Baby I must go

Baby I must go.

I am not rich or famous

But who can ever tell

I don't know now what waits for me

Maybe heaven, maybe hell.

Baby the rain must fall

Baby the wind must blow

Wherever my heart leads me

Baby I must go

Baby I must go.

Ghosts Of Cape Horn

All around old Cape Horn

Ships of the line, ships of the morn

Some who wish they'd never been born

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

Fal der:l riddle de rum

With a rim dim diddy

And a rum dum dum

Sailing away at the break of dawn

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

See them all in sad repair

Demons dance everywhere

Southern gales, tattered sails

And none to tell the tales

Come all of you rustic old sea dogs

Who follow the bright Southern Cross

You were rounding the Horn

In the eye of a storm

When you lost her one day

And you read all your letters

From oceans away

Then you took them to the bottom of the sea

All around old Cape Horn

Ships of the line, ships of the morn

Some who wish they'd never been born

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

Fal deral dal riddle de rum

With a rim dim diddy

And a rum dum dum

Sailing away at the break of dawn

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

Come all you old sea dogs from Devon

Southampton, Penzance, and Kinsale

You were caught by the chance

Of a sailor's last dance

It was not meant to be

And you read all your letters

Cried anchors aweigh

Then you took them to the bottom of the sea

All around old Cape Horn

Ships of the line, ships of the morn

Some who wish they'd never been born

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

Fal deral dal riddle de rum

With a rim dim diddy

And a rum dum dum

Sailing away at the break of dawn

They are the ghosts of Cape Horn

Christian Island

I'm sailin' down the summer wind,

I got whiskers on my chin,

and I like the mood I'm in,

as I while away the time of day,

in the lee of Christian Island.

Tall and strong, she dips and reels,

I call her Silver Heels,

and she tells me how she feels.

She's a good old boat and she'll stay afloat,

through the toughest gail and keep smilin',

but for one more day she would like to stay,

in the lee of Christian Island.

I'm sailin' down the summer day,

where fish and seagulls play,

I put my troubles all away.

And when the gail comes up I'll fill me cup,

with the whiskey of the highlands.

She's a good old ship and she'll make the trip,

from the lee of Christian Island.

Tall and strong she slips along,

I sing for her a song,

and she leans into the wind.

She's a good old boat and she'll stay afloat,

through the toughest gail and keep smilin',

and when the summer ends we will rest again,

in the lee of Christian Island.

and when the summer ends we will rest again,

in the lee of Christian Island.

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead

When the skies of November turn gloomy

With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more

Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty

That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed

When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side

Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin

As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most

With a crew and good captain well seasoned

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms

When they left fully loaded for Cleveland

Then later that night when the ship's bell rang

Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound

When the wave broke over the railing

And every man knew, as the captain did too

'Twas the witch of November come stealin'

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait

When the gales of November came slashin'

When afternoon came it was freezing rain

In the face of a hurricane west wind

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck

Sayin' "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya"

At seven PM a main hatchway caved in

He said, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya"

The captain wired in he had water comin' in

And the good ship and crew was in peril

And later that night when his lights went out of sight

Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Does anyone know where the love of God goes

When the waves turn the minutes to hours?

The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay

If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her

They might have split up or they might have capsized

They may have broke deep and took water

And all that remains is the faces and the names

Of the wives and the sons and the daughters

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings

In the rooms of her ice-water mansion

Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams

The islands and bays are for sportsmen

And farther below, Lake Ontario

Takes in what Lake Erie can send her

And the iron boats go as the mariners all know

With the gales of November remembered

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed

In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral

The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times

For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

Superior, they said, never gives up her dead

When the gales of November come early

Grand Funk Railroad:

I'm Your Captain / Closer To Home

Everybody, listen to me

And return me my ship

I'm your captain, I'm your captain

Though I'm feeling mighty sick

I've been lost now for days uncounted

And it's months since I've seen home

Can you hear me? Can you hear me?

Or am I all alone?

If you return me to my home port

I will kiss you, Mother Earth

Take me back now, take me back now

To the port of my birth

Am I in my cabin dreaming?

Or are you really scheming

To take my ship away from me?

You'd better think about it

I just can't live without it

So please don't take my ship from me

Yeah, yeah, yeah

I can feel the hand of a stranger

And it's tightening 'round my throat

Heaven help me, heaven help me

Take this stranger from my boat

I'm your captain, I'm your captain

Though I'm feeling mighty sick

Everybody, listen to me

And return me my ship

I'm your captain

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm your captain

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm your captain

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm your captain

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm getting closer to my home

I'm getting closer to my home

I'm getting closer to my home

I'm getting closer to my home

Grateful Dead: (2 videos and three songs)

Ship Of Fools

Went to see the captain, strangest I could find,

Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line.

I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewels,

But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.

It was later than I thought when I first believed you,

Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

Saw your first ship sink and drown, from rockin' of the boat,

And all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float.

I won't leave you drifting down, but woh it makes me wild,

With thirty years upon my head to have you call me child.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.

It was later than I thought when I first believed you,

Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

The bottles stand as empty, as they were filled before.

Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more.

Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few:

Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.

It was later than I thought, when I first believed you,

Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

It was later than I thought when I first believed you,

Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

"Franklin's Tower"

In another times forgotten space

Your eyes looked from your mother's face

Wallflower seed on the sand and stone

May the four winds blow you safely home.

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell

In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell

It can ring, turn night to day

It can ring like fire when you loose your way.

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

God save the child that rings that bell

It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell

One watch by night, one watch by day

If you get confused listen to the music play.

[Instrumental]

Some come to laugh their past away

Some come to make it just one more day

Whichever way your pleasure tends

If you plant ice you're gonna harvest the wind.

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

In Franklin's Tower the four winds sleep

Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep

Wildflower seed on the sand and wind

May the four winds blow you home again.

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

You'd better roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

Roll away the dew

You'd better roll away the dew - roll away.

No video included here as the video options and recordings felt subpar

...besides

I liked the lyrics much better than the music and the suggestive title below.

"Lost Sailor"

Compass card is spinning, helm is swinging to and fro

Oh, where is the dog star, oh, where's the moon.

You're a lost sailor, been away too long at sea.

Somedays the gales are howling, sometimes the sea is still as glass.

Oh, raise the main sail, oh, lash the mast.

You're a lost sailor, been away too long at sea.

Now the shorelines beckon, there is a price for being free.

There's a sea bird cryin' and there's a ghost wind blowing

And it's calling you, to that misty swirling sea.

Till the chains of your dreams are broken,

No place in this world you can be.

You're a lost sailor, been away too long at sea.

Now the shorelines beckon, there is a price for being free.

You pay for being free, I'll tell ya freedom don't come easy,

Free don't always come for free,

Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe in.

Where to go, who to go, where to be, who to be.

That means you're driftin'.... driftin'

Yeah driftin' and dreamin', really goin' on a dream now.

Really goin' on a feelin', really goin' on a feelin'.

Driftin', driftin' and dreamin'.

Cause it's a place you've never been

Maybe a place you've never seen now

You can hear them callin' on the wind

Driftin' and dreamin', driftin' and dreamin'.

Really goin' on a dream now, really goin' on a dream now,

Really goin' on a dream now.

Great Big Sea: (Three videos)

"A Boat Like Gideon Brown"

Oh Gideon lived across the bay

He's gettin' older now

His boat is big and strong and bold

She has a stalward bow

But my father's boat was second hand

One someone used before

And after every fishing trip

My father always swore

That someday he would save enough

To go to St. John's town

And buy himself a big new boat

A boat like Gideon Brown

A boat like Gideon Brown

Confederation came around

And the days of old age pension

He said 'Son I'm saving every cent'

And this you must not mention

You save the baby bonus too

And things just might turn around

And we'll have enough to buy a boat

A boat like Gideon Brown

[Chorus:]

'Cause she can punch ahead in any gale

And ride the fishing ground

I often thought how proud I'd be

In a boat like Gideon Brown

In a boat like Gideon Brown

Many years did pass away

And Dad began to fade

He didn't talk of boats too much

He said 'Son I'm afraid'

If things don't soon improve

Then I'll be underground

Before we ever get to see ourselves

In a boat like Gideon Brown

[Chorus]

I sat and held his hand one day

And he said 'Son, that policy'

The insurance is all in your name

You're the beneficiary

And when I'm gone they'll pay you off

Then go to St. John's town

And buy yourself a big new boat

A boat like Gideon Brown [Chorus (2x)]

"Wave Over Wave"

Oh me name's Able Rodgers, a share man am I

On a three masted schooner from Twillingate Isle

I've been the world over north, south, east, and west

But the middle of nowhere wheres' I likes it best

[Chorus:]

Where its wave over wave, sea over bow

I'm as happy a man as the sea will allow

Theres no other life for a sailor like me

And to sail the salt sea boys, sail the sea

There's no other life but to sail the salt sea

Well I leave my wife lonely ten months of the year

For she built me a home and raised my children there

She never come out to bid farewell to me

Or ken why a sailor must sail the salt sea

[Chorus]

The work it is hard and the hours are long

But my spirit is willing, my back it is strong

And when the works over the whisky will pour

We'll dance with the girls upon some foreign shore

I've sailed the world over for decades or more

And oft times I wonder what I do it for

I dont know the answer its pleasure and pain

But with life to live over I'd do it again

[Chorus]

"Captain Kidd"

My name is Captain Kidd

As I sailed, as I sailed,

Oh my name is Captain Kidd as I sailed,

My name is Captain Kidd

And God's laws I did forbid,

And most wickedly I did as I sailed.

My father taught me well

To shun the gates of hell,

But against him I rebelled as I sailed,

He shoved a bible in my hand

But I left it in the sand

And I pulled away from land,

As I sailed

[Chorus]

I murdered William Moore

And I left him in his gore

Twenty leagues away from shore

As I sailed,

And being crueler still, the gunner I did kill

All his precious blood did spill,

As I sailed,

[Chorus]

I was sick and nigh to death,

And I vowed at every breath,

Oh to walk in wisdom's path,

As I sailed

But my repentance lasted not,

My vows I soon forgot,

Oh damnation is my lot,

As I sailed.

[Chorus]

To the execution dock

Lay my head upon the block,

Laws no more I'll mock as I sail,

So take warning here and heed

To shun bad company

Or you'll wind up just like me

As I sailed.

"Lukey"

Well oh, Lukey's boat is painted green,

Ha, me boys!

Lukey's boat is painted green,

The prettiest boat that you've ever seen,

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Well oh, Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cuddy,

Ha, me boys!

Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cuddy,

And every seam is chinked with putty,

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Well I says "Lukey the blinds are down"

Ha, me boys!

I says "Lukey the blinds are down"

"Me wife is dead and she's underground"

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day

Well I says Lukey "I don't care"

Ha, me boys!

I says Lukey "I don't care"

"I'll get me another in the spring of the year"

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Oh, Lukey's rolling out his grub,

Ha, me boys!

Lukey's rolling out his grub,

One split pea, and a ten pound tub,

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Well, Lukey's boat's got high-topped sails,

Ha, me boys!

Lukey's boat's got high-topped sails

The sheet was planted with copper nails,

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Lukey's boat is painted green,

Ha, me boys!

Lukey's boat is painted green,

It's the prettiest boat that you've ever seen,

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!

Harry Belefonte:

"Day Oh"- 

(Banana Boat song)

Day Oh Day Oh Day Oh Day Oh

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Dance all night until the morning come (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Mannish water, fish tea, rum punch (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Come Mr. Sound-man string up on the corner (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Play some selection nice up 'bout on yah (Day light come and me no want to go home)

With six foot, seven foot, eight foot box (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Six foot, seven foot, eight foot box (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

(Day light come and me no want to go home)

(Day light come and me no want to go home)

Watch them a bubble, watch them a go, ah-ha (BOO)

This yah reggae music how you jamming so

Girls them so sexy put on a show

Morning it a come and me no want to go home

Shaggy say

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

A beautiful bunch deh pan me corner (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Suzette, Michelle, Beverly and Lorna (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Make sure you have a girl or else

a man going mouth you (Day light come and me no want to go home)

You can't get a girl you better move from 'bout yah (Day light come and me no want to go home)

So I man say Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Sweet sweet Jamaica in the morning sun

Niceness it sweet me fun can't dun Coconut water with the good white rum

Love to see the river how the water the run

Shaggy say Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day, me say Day, me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day Oh (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day Oh yes (Day light come and me no want to go home)

Day me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day, me say Day Oh
(Day light come and me no want to go home)

Oh yes

"Jamaica Farewell"

Down the way

Where the nights are gay

And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop

I took a trip on a sailing ship

And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I'm sad to say I'm on my way

Won't be back for many a day

My heart is down

My head is turning around

I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Sounds of laughter everywhere

And the dancing girls swing to and fro

I must declare my heart is there

Though I've been from Maine to Mexico

But I'm sad to say I'm on my way

Won't be back for many a day

My heart is down

My head is turning around

I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Down at the market you can hear

Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear

Ackee, rice, salt, fish are nice

And the rum is fine any time o' year

But I'm sad to say I'm on my way

Won't be back for many a day

My heart is down

My head is turning around

I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Down the way

Where the nights are gay

And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop

I took a trip on a sailing ship

And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I'm sad to say I'm on my way

Won't be back for many a day

My heart is down

My head is turning around

I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

Sad to say I'm on my way

Won't be back for many a day

My heart is down

My head is turning around

I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town.

"Island In The Sun"

This is my island in the sun

Where my people have toiled since time begun

I may sail on many a sea

Her shores will always be home to me

Oh, island in the sun

Willed to me by my father's hand

All my days I will sing in praise

Of your forest, waters,

Your shining sand

As morning breaks

The heaven on high

I lift my heavy load to the sky

Sun comes down with a burning glow

Mingles my sweat with the earth below

Oh, island in the sun

Willed to me by my father's hand

All my days I will sing in praise

Of your forest, waters,

Your shining sand

I see woman on bended knee

Cutting cane for her family

I see man at the waterside

Casting nets at the surging tide

Oh, island in the sun

Willed to me by my father's hand

All my days I will sing in praise

Of your forest, waters,

Your shining sand

I hope the day will never come

That I can't awake to the sound of drum

Never let me miss carnival

With calypso songs philosophical

Oh, island in the sun

Willed to me by my father's hand

All my days I will sing in praise

Of your forest, waters,

Your shining sand

Honeydrippers:

Horace, the Chinese Sailor:

Horace's favorite Chinese song to sing on deck when the sailing gets rough is about a sailor. 

"Pain in rough sea is nothing, 

so wipe your tears and don’t ask why. 

We have a dream within our hearts."

Ian Matthews:

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