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ADD: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester/Gipsy Moth

ChrisJBrady 18 Mar 10 - 09:54 PM
Leadfingers 18 Mar 10 - 10:43 PM
GUEST,CJB 25 Oct 11 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,CJB 25 Oct 11 - 07:18 AM
GUEST,pennyhedge 25 Oct 11 - 07:22 AM
Bert 25 Oct 11 - 02:57 PM
Jim Carroll 25 Oct 11 - 03:03 PM
GUEST,999 25 Oct 11 - 03:30 PM
GUEST,CJB 25 Oct 11 - 05:07 PM
GUEST,999 25 Oct 11 - 05:13 PM
Joe Offer 25 Oct 11 - 05:39 PM
GUEST,CJB 26 Oct 11 - 06:11 AM
C Stuart Cook 26 Oct 11 - 09:55 AM
GUEST,ChrisJBady 15 Feb 17 - 07:56 PM
GUEST,ChrisJBrady 16 Feb 17 - 10:46 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad of Gypsey Moth
From: ChrisJBrady
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 09:54 PM

As sung by the Pennine Folk in the 1960s.

Hey ho, roll and go,
'Round the Horn in the months of snow
How many times can a man defy,
The raging seas and the rolling sky.

Also 'Seal Hunt' - part of which is on YouTube.

Actually a tape / CD would be great if poss.

Many thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Gypsey Moth
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 10:43 PM

Francis Chichester - NOT the first man to sail round the world single handed (That was Joshua Slocum) but a story worth a song any way !


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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 07:10 AM

In the 1960s the Pennine Folk sang this on a radio programme from Manchester. The chorus is:

The Ballad of the Gypsy Moth

Hey ho, roll and go,
Round the Horn in the months of snow,
How many times can a man defy
The raging seas and the rolling sky?

For years I have searched high and low for this song, but to no avail.

On another tack - does the Pennine Folk still perform. I saw one of their lps on eBay and it was over £50.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 07:18 AM

There's an lp on eBay for £200 !!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,pennyhedge
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 07:22 AM

In 66 I'll tell ye sir,
A man called Francis Chichester,
Sailed out one day from a Devon cove,
To circumnavigate the globe ...

Thats the first verse....heard on Focus on Folk radio around 68/69


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: Bert
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 02:57 PM

I never understood why they make such a fuss over him.

Just a Rich old fart out there doing his own thing, 'cos he could afford it. And that deserves a knighthood???

What about the millions of working class people who can't even afford a holiday let alone there own boat? The prosperity of the country is built on them. They are the ones that deserve the honours.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 03:03 PM

I think I may have an old folk mag in the loft (not as impenetrable as it sounds) along with printed tune.
Will look it out tomorrow.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,999
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 03:30 PM

I have been unable to find it anywhere on the www--not that it isn't there somewhere--but I can't locate it via Mr Google, fyi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 05:07 PM

Any help would be greatly appreciated - thank you.

I'm not a fan of SFC, however the song...:

1. is by the Pennine Folk - no other reason needed, however` ...
2. reminds of happy times in the folk clubs of Loughborough, Bolton and Manchester in the 1960s
3. its a rollicking good song of the sea
4. as a tall ship sailor I want to sail around Cape Horn too
5. Gypsy Moth is now used for sail training youngsters (or was)

CJB.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: GUEST,999
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 05:13 PM

No need to explain, Chris. You want the song and that's good enough.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Oct 11 - 05:39 PM

The Wikipedia article on the Gipsy Moth IV is quite interesting. The ship was built in 1962, named after the de Havilland Gipsy Moth aircraft that navigation pioneer Sir Francis Chichester (1901-1972) flew from England to Australia in the early 1930s. Chichester made his round-the-world solo sailing voyage in the Gipsy Moth IV in 274 days in 1966-67.
Note that the spelling of the ship's name is Gipsy Moth IV. Hoyt Axton wrote a song titled Gypsy Moth, about the insect....or was it? I can't really tell if the song was about the insect, the plane, the boat, or about President "Ramblin' Jack"...Kennedy.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester/Gipsy Moth
From: GUEST,CJB
Date: 26 Oct 11 - 06:11 AM

The only clips of The Pennine Folk on the web are at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRt3dqjxGMM

brings back great memories of Manchester et al in the late 1960s.


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Subject: RE: Req: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester/Gipsy Moth
From: C Stuart Cook
Date: 26 Oct 11 - 09:55 AM

I don't think it's on either of their LP's. Ken Cambell has been on this forum in the past. Maybe he'll seethe thread. Last time this was requested I asked Chris Swann if he had the words. He said he' d look but didn't think he had.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Gypsy Moth/Gipsy Moth
From: GUEST,ChrisJBady
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 07:56 PM

After 50 years' search here is the song ....

http://www.mediafire.com/file/w9klhwqqkmsmf0u/The_Ballad_of_The_Gypsy_Moth.mp3

The Ballad of the Gypsy Moth
( Ken Campbell of The Pennine Folk)

In '66 I'll tell you Sir,
A man called Francis Chichester
Sailed out one day from a Devon cove,
To circumnavigate the globe.

Ch.: Hey ho, roll and go,
Around the Horn in the months of snow,
How many times can a man defy
The raging sea and the rolling sky?

Away from the cheers of a following crowd
Comes Gypsy Moth like a flying cloud
Around Cape Hope with a lazy motion
Straight for the heart of the Southern Ocean

Ch.:

The steering smashed and the ???
The ??? batteries are running low
They'll never make it straight they said
Here she comes around Sydney Head

Ch.:

???
With half a ton of lead in her keel
And out where the roaring 40's blow
Where the ice runs thick and big whales go

Ch.:

Around Cape Horn where the mermaid knows
Straight for the locker of Davey Jones
Where a million tons of ocean hurled
You swear you're bound for another world

Ch.:

Its off to the Gulf Stream warm and mild
With half the nation going wild
Gypsy Moth comes home from sea
So make her fast to the Greenwich Quay

Ch.:

===

But who knows the missing words please?

===


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Gypsy Moth/Gipsy Moth
From: GUEST,ChrisJBrady
Date: 16 Feb 17 - 10:46 AM

This has been suggested ...

A quick refit and a welcome meal,
With half a ton of lead in her keel,
And out where the roaring 40's blow,
Where the ice runs thick and big whales go ...


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Subject: RE: ADD: Ballad of Sir Francis Chichester/Gipsy Moth
From: GUEST,ChrisJBady
Date: 17 Feb 17 - 04:06 AM

Damn - widely circulated the link to the thread about the lyrics and now found that folks are getting the message:

This thread has been deleted.


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