The Last Nail – Lyrics

=The Last Nail – Lyrics=

Above the stone walled harbour, down the winding hill
That’s where they built the boatyard, and the structure stands there still.
Not much boat building happens now, just repairs and fitting out
but when the wind rattles the boatmasts, you can hear the old boatbuilders shout:

Will you pass the last nail over and I’ll knock it into place,
Then with four more coats of varnish, she’ll be ready for the race.

Our grandfathers put up the boatyard, to build the fishing fleet,
more than fifty boats in the harbour, and shops all down the main street
then the steam age brought in the drifters,
and boatmen became engineers
Now the wind blows straight through the boatyard,

there’ll be no more boat building here
Will you pass the last nail over and I’ll knock it into place,
Then with four more coats of varnish, she’ll be ready for the race.

With a keen eye for staying in business, we switched over to build leisure craft
And the weekend yachtsmen bought them, no expense spared fore or aft
Then wooden hulls went out of fashion, the order book emptied last year
So the bankers foreclosed on the boatyard,
and there’ll be no more boatbuilding here
Will you pass the last nail over and I’ll knock it into place,
Then with four more coats of varnish, she’ll be ready for the race.

The Vikings invented the clinker for strength in shallow seas
and the herring boats followed the coastline, until the canning ships found the key
There’s a regatta here every August, and the whole village turns out again
But the Sea Queen’s no competition, and it’s guaranteed to rain
Will you pass the last nail over and I’ll knock it into place,
Then with four more coats of varnish, she’ll be ready for the race.

Above the stone walled harbour, or down the winding hill
that’s where they built the boatyard, and the skeleton stands there still.
No more boat building happens now, not even fitting out
but when the wind rattles the boatmasts, you can still hear the old boys shout:
Will you pass the last nail over, we’ll knock it into place,
Then with four more coats of varnish, she’ll be ready for the race.

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Back In The Field

Back In The Field home recording.

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Thankyou

‘Thankyou’ Led Zeppelin cover with Dan Thompson at the Bugle, Yarmouth August 2014

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Island Music

I’ve started exploring music venues, where I can both play and enjoy acoustic style music from time to time.

I went to the weekly Folk Night at Atherton Barns – The Dairyman’s Daughter pub for the second time last night and took my guitar with me this time. Very different to the first time I went just to look and see, about a month previously.

I played The Wreckers’ Prayer,  The Rowan Tree and The Nutmeg Tree.

There’s a monthly folk club at the Castle Inn, Newport and although I didn’t take my guitar I still ended up singing Captain Coulston and Going Up Camborne Hill.

Also Monthly, the events called ‘Cameron Soiree (Open Mic Night)’ at Dimbola, here in Freshwater down by the bay. The one in March had a lower attendance and I ended up playing Wreckers Prayer and Yellow Boat, Shifting Sands, followed by ‘Waiting‘ with new collaborator Dan Thompson on hand drum, and as the evening finished up a version of Mazet, Rowan Tree and Nutmeg tree. Was that six songs altogether?

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Podcast #60 with Random Songs

After missing just one week due to illness the podcast is back without any notification, being as much a surprise to myself as to anyone else. At 2.30pm on Sunday 10th March i glanced at the clock and decided to go ahead and do one. This of course meant  that no potential setlist had been prepared whatsoever, and I hadn’t been playing much at all the past two weeks so the question of what to play was going to become an urgent one. So after kicking off with a old favourite cover song from way back when I decided to call up the wiki of Andy Roberts songs for inspiration but rather than browse through the categories I just hit the “Random Page” button.

Random Page button

Random Page button 

 

So podcast episode #60 is named “the random edition” due to the use of the random page link to suggest songs which have been included on the fly during the recording of the show.

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Download MP3 file to save – 29.9Mb in size, duration 21 minutes 03 seconds :- 60 Andy Roberts Podcast Episode 60.mp3 Song list show notes:

  1. Down Drinking At The Bar – by Loudon Wainwright
  2. The Wreckers’ Prayer
  3. Cajun Cooking Song
  4. Joan of Arc
  5. I’m gonna live in a Pod

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Podcast #59 Why are We Sleeping

Podcast #59 is named after a cover of the song by Kevin Ayres and the Soft Machine included this week as a tribute to the artist who sadly died last week. There’s also a Roy Harper cover and two originals making four songs altogether.

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Download MP3 file to save – 27.88Mb in size, duration 20 minutes 17 seconds :- 59 Andy Roberts Podcast Episode 59.mp3 Song list show notes:

  1. Mazet
  2. Standing By
  3. Why are We Sleeping – Kevin Ayres & Soft Machine
  4. I’ll See you Again – Roy Harper

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