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Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield

GUEST,Iains 01 Aug 00 - 11:26 AM
The Shambles 01 Aug 00 - 02:17 PM
GUEST,Hoolet 01 Aug 00 - 05:56 PM
GUEST,Iains 01 Aug 00 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,Bill 02 Aug 00 - 06:36 PM
Clinton Hammond2 02 Aug 00 - 06:42 PM
Sorcha 02 Aug 00 - 06:48 PM
Iains 02 Aug 00 - 07:20 PM
Stewie 02 Aug 00 - 09:28 PM
Sorcha 02 Aug 00 - 11:17 PM
katlaughing 03 Aug 00 - 12:00 AM
Sandy Paton 03 Aug 00 - 12:43 AM
katlaughing 03 Aug 00 - 01:00 AM
Stewie 03 Aug 00 - 01:28 AM
Sorcha 03 Aug 00 - 01:38 AM
mg 03 Aug 00 - 01:56 AM
Wolfgang 03 Aug 00 - 03:57 AM
GUEST,Bill (Scotland) 03 Aug 00 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,BEDLAM 03 Aug 00 - 03:50 PM
MMario 03 Aug 00 - 04:43 PM
katlaughing 03 Aug 00 - 08:05 PM
katlaughing 04 Aug 00 - 01:22 PM
GUEST,Barry Finn 04 Aug 00 - 05:21 PM
WyoWoman 05 Aug 00 - 12:15 AM
katlaughing 05 Aug 00 - 12:56 AM
WyoWoman 05 Aug 00 - 01:01 AM
GUEST,Iains 05 Aug 00 - 08:53 PM
Art Thieme 05 Aug 00 - 11:03 PM
Bradypus 06 Aug 00 - 07:49 AM
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bet 06 Aug 00 - 08:10 PM
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Subject: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Iains
Date: 01 Aug 00 - 11:26 AM

Many folk songs are about occupations but I have heard very few about the oil industry. "Men of Worth" is one that I can immediately think of. If anyone has any more could they please reply. Thanks in advance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: The Shambles
Date: 01 Aug 00 - 02:17 PM

Who pays the piper


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Hoolet
Date: 01 Aug 00 - 05:56 PM

As someone who is interested in the oil industry what about "North sea gas" sung by North sea gas it is true. Also wrote a song myself about the North sea industry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Iains
Date: 01 Aug 00 - 07:37 PM

Thanks both for the swift response. Any chance of a tune for 'who pays the piper' As somone who was working very close to Piper Alpha but lucky enough not to be on it I find a song about the catastrophe particularly poignant.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 06:36 PM

Mat Armour originally from Anstruther now living and running a folk club in Milton Keynes Wrote Generations of change, recorded by many. Who pay's the piper was writen by Nancy Nicholson I think that Nancy Recorded it herself, if not look for it on one of the McCalmans C.D.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 06:42 PM

Tubular Bells is great, but I like 2 and 3 better... Discovery has some really cool songs on it...
He's a bit of a recluse I hear. but Sally sure can sing...

*tap tap*
Huh?
*whisper whisper whisper*
Oh OIL field!!! Not Oldfield!! I get it....
I'm sorry, I have a cold!

*dashes for the door!*


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 06:48 PM

I've been thinking about this ever since it was posted. My Mr. worked in the oilfield (North American Overthrust) for 7 years, between "cop" jobs, and I can't think of a single one. The boys (sic) don't sing on the floor like they should, they just listen to current C/W stuff on the radio, like "I lost my pick-up, my house,my dog,my girl"etc. Very interesting question.

I have even been thinking of the John Wayne movie, "Hellcats", about Red Adair, and can't think of a single appropriate song that is in the movie.

Thank god we never had a flame out while he was in the "patch", at least not in the Overthrust.

Somebody "should" write one, either about Red or Boots and Toots, another "Fire Team". Honey will know their real names, I can't remember.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Iains
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 07:20 PM

I worked in Dallas briefly a long time back and used to go to a bar called the texas teahouse. There was a song I heard in there with a country and western slant. one line from the song was "and he was a driller of oil wells"I'm sure this was sung by the resident group but Time addles the brain and I cant remember any more. If this line strikes a chord with anyone I'd be eternally grateful. and thanks all for the responses so far!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE KELLY'S TURNING ^^
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 09:28 PM

Here's one from an Australian writer. I posted it to a thread on oil industry songs started by WyoWoman months ago. I can't seem to find it with a forum search, so here is the song again:

THE KELLY'S TURNING
(Larry King)

We're meeting by the riggin'
For the word has passed around
We'll drink our spree on Texas tea
So the drills are goin' down
Men roll in from everywhere
From France and England too
Boomers and boll weevils that make up the drillin' crew

The kelly's turnin', the drill rod churnin'
The metal burnin' as she breaks the hard back floor
Rough voices grumblin'
The diesel's rumblin'
The kelly fumblin' with the key to Satan's door

There's Hank and Mac and Paddy
From across the sea they've come
With Czechs and Swedes, all kinds o' breeds
They share a common bond
It's music in the air to men
Followin' the call
When high upon the christmas tree
They hear the driller call

The kelly's turnin', the drill rod churnin'
The metal burnin' as she breaks the hard back floor
Rough voices grumblin'
The diesel's rumblin'
The kelly fumblin' with the key to Satan's door

Devil's getting' angry
There's a rumblin' in the well
For men are cruel who steal the fuel
That feeds the fires of hell
His heart is big and black as soot
And darker is his soul
And when he cries, he fills the skies
With tears as black as coal

The kelly's turnin', the drill rod churnin'
The metal burnin' as she breaks the hard back floor
Rough voices grumblin'
The diesel's rumblin'
The kelly fumblin' with the key to Satan's door

Well, now the drillin's ended
So we'll pack our things and go
We've drawn a million barrels
From a thousand feet below
So it's bound for eastern cities
Our hard-earned cheques to spend
On girls and grog and fancy krog
Till the word goes out again

The kelly's turnin', the drill rod churnin'
The metal burnin' as she breaks the hard back floor
Rough voices grumblin'
The diesel's rumblin'
The kelly fumblin' with the key to Satan's door

We're meeting by the riggin'
For the word has passed around
We'll drink our spree on Texas tea
So the drills are goin' down
Men roll in from everywhere
From France and England too
Boomers and boll weevils that make up the drillin' crew

The kelly's turnin', the drill rod churnin'
The metal burnin' as she breaks the hard back floor
Rough voices grumblin'
The diesel's rumblin'
The kelly fumblin' with the key to Satan's door

--Stewie. ^^


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Subject: RE: ADD, see previous post
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 11:17 PM

GOOD song, Stewie and WW! Is there a tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 12:00 AM

I will ask my dad if he ever knew of any...he worked the oilfields all of his life, still has his welding truck and does abit at 83, plus he was always playing music. Like Sorcha none come to mind, offhand. Partly from the noise up on the deck, I woudl suspect.

Sorcha, some greenhorn idiot turned on the blow off pipe (I think that is what it is called) when my dad was working on it, full flames on his face. Luckily had a bucket of water right close, dashed on his face.

Mom woke to a one-knock on the door. He never knocked., She went down to see someone swathed in total face bandanges. The only way she could tell it was him, was the doc left a hole for his pipe, which also allowed sustenance through a straw. He had the pipe clenched in hsi teeth, so she figured it had to be him. The only scarring was the fact that he never could whistle as well after that.

He worked all over the Rocky Mtns., the Gulf down by Lousiania, and in Alaska on Amchitka Island and the North Slope. There is a picture of him picking his banjo on Amchitka at my Mudcat Adventure website. I'll put a link in later if anyone is interested, after I ask him about songs.

Oh, I also have a book or two on the oilfields, I will look at.

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 12:43 AM

My father worked one summer in the town immortalized by the movie Boom Town (Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy -- remember?). That must have been about 1920. Anyway, he told me once that he had heard black roustabouts singing:

Takes a wearied man
To sing a wearied song.
Well, I'm wearied now;
Won't be wearied long.

No specific oil field reference, but that was what they were singing. Dad sang it for me, then apologized that it was really more of a chant than a song. I didn't mind.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:00 AM

So, Sandy, then is that where the Kingston Trio got their "It Takes A Worried Man?" Interesting...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:28 AM

Sorcha, it's a great song. I don't know anything about posting tunes. I mailed the printed music to WyoWoman. She may be able to post the tune. If not, I am happy to send you a printed copy if you give me your snail mail address in a personal message.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:38 AM

Stewie, will do that, and I (think?) I can put the tune in a format to post it on the Cat.
kat--is this sychronicity in action again? I was planning to post the tune to Worried Man Blues as soon as I got to my "W"s.......and the other, about yer da and my Mr. in the patch. Strange.......mayhap we are Sisters...we seem to be, and the h person in FL thinks we are the same person anyway. Maybe we are?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: mg
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:56 AM

didn't Stan Rogers write a couple about the Alberta oil fields? mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Wolfgang
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 03:57 AM

the obvious missing link here is:
Sea-faring songs go Oilfield??

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK, BLACK GOLD^^
From: GUEST,Bill (Scotland)
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:32 AM

Here is one I wrote a couple of years back. By the way I still work on the rigs.

BLACK, BLACK GOLD

It's a cold, grey winter's morning
The weather's turning worse
As the men prepare for flying
To the oil rigs of the North
They've left behind their families
Their lovers are left alone
As the oilmen board their chopper flight
To search for the black, black gold

Chorus
The golden flare is burning bright
The turbines roar, the drillers fight
In the middle of the darkest night
You search for the black, black gold

Pull the drill string from the wellhead
And the brown mud gushes out
On the monkeyboard the roughneck
Curses, swears and shouts
As you break out miles of tubing
Your fingers numb with cold
Your bed's a distant memory
As you search for the black, black gold

Chorus

Twenty hours spent on the drill floor
Means four hours in your bed
With eyes like blood red rubies
And the ringing in your head
It's no use you complaining
You just do like your told
Cos nobody is listening
As you search for the black, black gold

Chorus

Then another trip is over
And your money's in your hand
The memory fades so quickly
With your feet upon dry land
If your lucky there's a welcome
And it sure beats on the dole
You forget the pain and the oilrig
And the search for the black, black gold.

Chorus
Chorus

Bill
HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 17-Jan-2001.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,BEDLAM
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 03:50 PM

Well Hoolet, How about the lyrics to the song you wrote We would be most interested (Howe) is watching


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: MMario
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 04:43 PM

and if any of you lyricists have music for these words??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 08:05 PM

Yes, and well done Bill(Scotland)!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Aug 00 - 01:22 PM

Well, I called Dad, today to ask him if he knew of any oilfield songs. He said the only one he could recall came out around 1951 and was "The Old Toolpusher from Snyder", which was a reference to the Snyder, Texas oil boom. Dad says it was one the last of the real tough booms, the kind where you could get your throat slit open over a claim and no one the wiser. He also said that song was quite popular in Wyoming, where my family was at the time. (I hadn't arrived, yet.)

Anyway, I don't see it in the DT and Dad said he'd love to get the words, so I will start a thread.

Also, if any of you are interested, if you click here and scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see the picture I mentioned above, of Dad playing his banjo while in the oil patch up in the Aleutians.

Thanks,

katbornanoilfieldbrat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Barry Finn
Date: 04 Aug 00 - 05:21 PM

That "Kelly's Turning" is a great song, you can find it recorded by Gerry Hallom on his Undiscovered Australia II. I got mine from Sandy, you might be able to talk him into parting with one but it could be kinda tough it's a pretty good recording. Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: WyoWoman
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 12:15 AM

I've moved to another state recently (Frantic, actually. My new state is Frantic) and much of my stuff is still in boxes. If the sheet music is still needed, I have it in my music folder which is, lessee, mmmm, that big box in the middle room, I think.

Seriously, if you do need it, let me know and I'l hunt it down. I'm happy to hear there's a recording of it somewhere. Does this mean Sandy has this collection for sale or it's his very own and he'll never pry loose?

WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 12:56 AM

And she surfaces for air!! Welcome home, WW!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: WyoWoman
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 01:01 AM

Thankee, thankee. I'm just dashing in for a moment here and there between dueling demands. I did not get eaten by a bear, nor mauled by mosquitos and I did ride most of the way (although I rode in the sag wagon for a few miles to stave off sheer exhaustion). I have now ridden my bike over the old Denali highway in Alaska. Ta-DAH!

AND, so thread creep won't get too serious, I actually saw the Alaska pipeline. It wasn't nearly as big, in diameter, as I had expected. But, Baby, does it go on and on ...

ww


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Iains
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 08:53 PM

Does anyone know if jerry jeff walker recorded any songs to do with the oil industry?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 11:03 PM

Kat, I'm still looking through my files for the "Snyder" song you want. I know I've got it...

Later,

Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Bradypus
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 07:49 AM

Gaberlunzie did a couple of good oil-rig songs for the North Sea - 'The Kishorn Commandos' about building the rigs, and one whose name I can't remember, a well worked story about someone who changes jobs from building rigs to being a North Sea diver - the last line is 'He was murdered by the very rig that he had helped to build'.

Bradypus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 05:31 PM

Take your time, Art, dad's in no hurry and will appreciate all he can get. Thanks a bunch!

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: bet
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 08:10 PM

Like kat, I don't remember songs of the oil fields when we were growing up. i wonder if part of that was because our Mother was a lady and the language wasn't fit for us kids. I know she sure didn't like Dad cussing around us. bet


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 08:42 PM

Boy, you are right about that, bet, and know you have me wondering about that, too...if there was any language in them, she sure wouldn't have a allowed the around us!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,winterhorse290@yahoo.com
Date: 07 Aug 00 - 07:29 PM

dont know about oilfield songs, but i,m sittin on a platform in the gulf of mexico makin oil and i don,t see any thing i,d want to sing about!@!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 00 - 07:41 PM

Here's an interesting one: Men of Worth (click). It's also in the database, but Jeri and I did a much better job of transcription in the thread....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,KingBrilliant
Date: 08 Aug 00 - 09:10 AM

How about Rigging it up Duncanon by Tom Robinson? Brilliant song. Will go and find a URL to the lyrics - or cutnpaste. Just a sec.... Kris


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,KingBrilliant
Date: 08 Aug 00 - 09:30 AM

Here's the URL for rigging it up duncannon http://www.bothways.com/tr/music/eddie/liabt.htm#riud

Kris


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,x-roughneck
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 03:53 PM

I worked for Atco in E. Texas in 1980. The company gave us a recording for Christmas that I think was called "Turnin To The Right". The lyrics were something like... You never know what makes a man take a drill string for a wife...Doing a job that's gotta be done workin' day and night. Keep that drill bit turning, turning to the right. Anybody remember it? I lost my copy.    Big Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 04:14 PM

"The Idiot" by Stan Rogers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: cetmst
Date: 07 May 10 - 10:33 AM

I have an album "Alex Zanetis Writes and Sings the Story of the Oil Fields" recorded in Nashville in April 1964 an a Recording Industries Corporation label. Titles, written by himself except as noted:
Tool-Pusher, by Slim Willet
Doodle-Bug Pete
High and Dry
Roughneck, by Wooley
Tom Kelly
Drinks for the House
Wildcats From San Antionio
Morning Tower
Rosanna
Three Miles Down
Tulsa
Arkansas
Alex Zanetis was born in 1927, worked various jobs in the oil fields, wrote other songs but this album is unique. The whole story is of interest to me because Great Uncle Howard worked in oil fields in Western Pennsylvania, followed the boom to Oklahoma and Texas. When my father got out of the army in 1919 he joined Uncle Howard in Oklahoma working as a driller and tool dresser. He brought back many stories and pictures of Oklahoma boom towns.
It's not great music but authentic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 07 May 10 - 10:49 AM

Not stricly about oilfields, but how about 'The Islands' written by Ralph McTell & Maartin Allcock, done by Fairport on 'Jewel in the Crown' very evocative song about the wreck of the oil tanker 'The Braer'

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Mark Ross
Date: 07 May 10 - 10:52 AM

My old singing partner Steve Cormier used to sing one to the tune of Stuart Hamblin's THIS OLD HOUSE, called THIS OLD RIG. anybody know where I can find the words?

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: meself
Date: 07 May 10 - 11:02 AM

There's a Newfoundland song about off-shore oil drilling that was recorded by, and perhaps written by, Jim Payne (I believe); not sure of the title, but it follows the familiar alphabet model:

A's for Atlantic, the world's largest swell,
B's for the ballast, and the boys in the bell;
C's for the chopper that brought us out here,
And D's for the danger that lurks everywhere.

How happy are we who work out on the rig,
Where the ......? and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the winds they do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working off-shore.

Etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 10 - 02:32 PM

There are a few songs already posted at Mudcat about oil, but unfortunately, none of these are really about the lives of oil workers, which is what I think the original requester had in mind.


These are basically about the politics of energy policy and environmental effects:

OIL ON THE WATER by Bill Bonyun

THE HYPOCRITICAL SONG by Rob Maxtone Graham ("Oil, oil, glorious oil...")

THE PRICE OF OIL by Billy Bragg


In these 2, drilling is used as a sexual metaphor:

BORING FOR OIL

DRILLING FOR OIL


This is about oil tankers rather than drilling:

BRINGING HOME THE OIL by the Clancy Brothers - (also here)


This one shows promise, but...

OIL FIELD GIRLS by Tom Russell was requested but never supplied.


And these are from the point of view of the oil-well owners:

FORTY-TWO (barrels of oil a day) by E Phillips & D Jeffers

OIL ON THE BRAIN


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 11 May 10 - 03:16 PM

There are a number about the Ocean Ranger in Newfoundland. mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 11 May 10 - 06:51 PM

We had a few on the seismic boats, but they were generally filthy (and I mean *filthy*) and often specific to the vessel in question.

The M/V "Rio Das Contas" was given the obvious re-name in one song.

We had one to the tune of "Okie From Muskogee" which started something like:

We don't smoke marijuana in the Gun Shack
We don't take no trips on Longva Three
The Party Chief's unconscious on the back deck
Because he gets his fucking beer for free

(bit of a parody of "Up Against The Wall You Redneck Mothers" really...and Norwegian vessels were "wet" until 1983. US crews couldn't believe it when they saw our beer fridges in the day room! Longva Three was a new vessel in our fleet that people tried to avoid getting transferred to)

The chorus is offensive these days....when we did manual work on the back deck we were referred to as "back deck n*gg**s, which the chorus references heavily.

I wrote one about our navigation system (Called Pulse-8, a sort of Loran-C derivative) which started:

The thing about this job I hate
Is working with this fucking Pulse-8

and finished:

So seismic companies be on your guard
The choice is limited, I know it's hard
But if you're after a post-plot that carries some weight
Don't trust your positioning to fucking Pulse-8

It was written with FEELING as I was a former Pulse-8 Engineer, but it's fairly meaningless unless you're familiar with specialist marine survey radio-navigation systems.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Fred Bailey
Date: 11 May 10 - 10:59 PM

There's one that starts off:

My Grand-dad worked the derricks, back in '23
That's where the oil got in his veins and he passed it on to me
Workover rigging and wildcat digging were the things that I knew there
And the smell of crude hung in that dusty Oklahoma air

I think I can find the rest -- it's a song of the North Slope fields.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Stewie
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 09:08 PM

Here's another one that I came across:

Alberta crude.

If you want better sound, it also appears on this excellent CD: Various 'Alberta: Wild Roses Northern Lights' Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40538.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 09:21 PM

Sheila Douglas's "Men of the North" (about the North Sea oil boom in Scotland).

BBC Radio 4 had a programme this afternoon about the British Library sound archive. They included interviews with a woman who used to be a cleaner on a North Sea oil rig and with a survivor of the Piper Alpha explosion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs of the oilfield
From: GUEST,Joe Scanlon
Date: 04 Nov 14 - 02:05 PM

I am interested in finding songs about oil rig disasters for example songs about Piper Alpha. Heather Sparling has already collected 14 sings about Ocean Ranger though new ones would be welcome. Are there songs about Alexander L. Kielland
Joe.Scanlon@carleton.ca
Presume most of you saw our two articles:
Scanlon, Joseph, Allison Vandervalk and Mattea Chadwick-Shubat (2012) "Challenge to the Lord: Folk Songs About the 'Unsinkable' Titanic" Canadian Folk Music Vol. 45 No. 3 pp: 3-10iScanlon, Joseph, Nick Johnston and Allison Vandervalk with Heather Sparling (2012) "101 Years of Mine Disasters and 101 Years of Song: Truth or Myth in Nova Scotia Mining Songs" International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters March pp: 34-60


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