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The Channels

by Devils Water

Devils Water hail from the border regions of Northern England. This hardy bunch of Northumbrians play an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folk
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Ship's Coming In
4:16 $0.99
2. The Channels
1:52 $0.99
3. Shiver Me Timbers
3:50 $0.99
4. I'll Go Enlist for a Sailor / Lnb Polka
5:01 $0.99
5. Good to Be Here
3:18 $0.99
6. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy / Canal in October
4:21 $0.99
7. Trim the Rigging / The Downfall of Kinder / Portsmouth
3:55 $0.99
8. We Could Sail
3:34 $0.99
9. Guano Gold
4:28 $0.99
10. You Miss the Rolling Sea
5:37 $0.99
11. Donkey Riding
3:31 $0.99
12. Captain Bover / Here's the Tender Coming
6:22 $0.99
13. Sailor's Farewell
3:04 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
1. My Ship’s Coming In – Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
When British sailors are getting close to blighty’s shores sailing into the English Channel, some start to get very happy or sad or even a bit delirious at the thought of getting home to loved ones. This is known by sailors as “The Channels”

2. The Channels - Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
A sailor with ‘the Channels’ was someone who was experiencing emotional turmoil in anticipation of their impending repatriation, for better or for worse.

3. Shiver Me Timbers – Lyrics & music composed by Tom Waits. Arranged Richard Ridley & Saul Rose
Tom Wait’s beautiful ballad about a guy leaving home for the calling of the sea.
4. I’ll Go Enlist For A Sailor/LNB Polka (La Roulante) – Trad arranged Richard Ridley/Jean Blanchard arranged Saul Rose.
At a time when joining the navy was a very dangerous career move, the Tailor’s decision to join up is almost akin to suicide. No hard handed persuasion from Captain Bover required. LNB Polka was arranged by Saul for the Blue Eyed Strangers Ceilidh Band in which Saul, Brian, Robin and Richard play. Great tune which has a suitably nautical feel.

5. Good To Be Here - Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
It’s always good to come home. This song is dedicated to Richard’s family and friends.

6. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy/Canal In October –Trad. Arranged Brian Bell/Frederic Paris. Arranged Brian Bell
When this song was first performed there were no mobile phones or internet and a sailor could be gone for a very long time, never knowing if his girl would still be waiting for him on his return. The mellow Canal In October seemed an apt choice to set the scene for the sailor’s departure.

7. Trim The Rigging/Fall Of Kinder/Portsmouth – Raymond Greenoaken/ Raymond Greenoaken/
Trad. arranged Raymond Greenoaken
Kinder Downfall is a waterfall on Kinder Scout in the Peaks; though we sometimes pretend the title refers to the watery grave of a forgotten naval hero.

8. We Could Sail - Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
A sea shanty love song written by Richard for his only girl in any port.

9. Guano Gold - Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
As an 18 year old Engineer Cadet in 1971 Richard sailed through the Panama Canal down the west coast of South America. Off the coast of Peru he spotted a small white island that looked like the top of a snow-capped mountain. The white droppings from sea birds were used as fertiliser “more precious than gold”. Mined on the Lobos and Chincha islands the guano was stolen and shipped to Britain. It was so precious Peru and Spain had a war over it!. Whilst on leave after that trip Richard saw an episode of the BBC drama “The Onedin Line” where the “Gold Champion” went to steal a load of guano. They sailed around Cape Horn because the Panama Canal was yet to be built.

10. You Miss The Rolling Sea - Lyrics & music composed by Richard Ridley
Richard wrote this song on a wet Saturday afternoon in 1995. He should have been packing for yet another overseas trip, this time to Lecture in Nigeria. As the song says he started travelling aged 17, and 45 years later he still hasn’t stopped. Such is the life of a travelling man.

11. Donkey Riding – Trad. Arranged Raymond Greenoaken & Richard Ridley. Additional Lyrics Richard Ridley
Donkey Riding is a traditional Canadian sea shanty. The "donkey" is a reference to the steam donkey, a general-purpose steam engine. The sailors would complain that the shipping company’s would not buy the new donkeys so they had to do the donkey work themselves.

12. Captain Bover/Here’s The Tender Coming – Trad/Trad
Captain John Bover was brought to Newcastle in 1763 to manage the press gangs. The Establishment thought he performed his task very well, as a plaque in St. Nicholas’ Cathedral testifies. This was not the view of the ordinary citizens of Newcastle who hated Bover and the pressgangs for taking away their men to work in atrocious conditions, endure fighting and likely death.

13. Sailors Farewell – Trad. Additional Lyrics Richard Ridley
“When my time is over, Fly half mast the ensign, Fly half mast the ensign, As the sun goes down”. Richard rewrote the last verse to remove the religious element.
Farewell me’ hearties.



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