Robert Palomo | Davy Jones

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Davy Jones

by Robert Palomo

A "new old sea song" - a halyard shanty with an ode to the King of the Deep, Davy Jones!
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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Album Notes
The original working title of this song was "The Rouble Song". I never meant it for the final title, and so it isn't. I can't recall without research the date when the inspiration hit - I think it might have been in 2015. What happened was that one day the value of Russia's currency took a major hit. It was not the first time that had happened during my 2 decades living there. My first thought was, "Well, here we go again - scuttled right straight to Davy Jones!"

I had guitar in hand as I was watching the news reports come across the internet. It was looking like the Rouble (RUR) and the King of the Deep were about to have one thing in common... hence the first line: "My name is Jones, Davy Jones... the bottom of the ocean is my home".

I toyed briefly with the idea of having the song be about the currency. Something like, "The rouble has sunk to join me here, on the bottom of the sea all dark and drear..." But there were several reasons why I scuttled that idea. First, it was tacky. Second, currencies have a way of rebounding. What if in 5 years the U.S. dollar were in the dump and the Rouble were king of the hill? Unlikely, but it would be just my luck, and so there I'd be with a song that showed me up for the idiot I am. (Plenty of other ways to do that without butchering a song idea.) Third, if one is going to do a sea song about some kind of money, well, it's got to be gold: doubloons, pieces of eight... stuff like that, doesn't it? These days, the value of the Rouble is linked to black gold, not gold gold, so that was out.

Once that got sorted out, the rest of the writing was quick and easy and I was done in less than half an hour. What was less easy was that right from the start I felt that the song needed the sound of Irish Uilleann pipes. One of the members of the Shanty Choir Mir that I play with occasionally plays them, but he's a sailor and travels a lot, and the logistics were difficult. So the song sat around in several versions, unfinished, for a couple of years.

Then in 2017 I scored the first festival gig for my original music: the Harwich International Sea Shanty festival in Essex, England. I wanted to release a new single to coincide with that, and I really felt that Davy Jones would be the best from my unreleased catalog. About that same time I was looking for replacements for some of the virtual instrument sounds from the old version of GarageBand on my old Mac, which is not going to last forever. I happened across a thing called Kontakt Player which had a free sound library that included... WHOA! ...Uilleann pipes! And some nice world drums. And a nice sounding upright bass. Not long before I had found a library of squeezebox sounds, and the Bandoneon had the perfect edgy tone for Davy Jones. All are present in this production. Things come together when the time is right!

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