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Bok, Muir, Trickett - The Ways of Man

Golden Vanity, The
Castle of Dromore, The
Ways of Man, The
No Man's Land
Castle of Dromore, The
Dancing At Whitsun
Final Trawl, The
Gentle Maiden
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Our second recording of the popular trio, this contains some wonderful material, including the superb title song.




Side 1, Band 1
The Golden Vanity

(G. B.) This has been in my family a long time. Two or three of my mother's people sang it to me, and, as usual, each had a different version. I've sung it all my singing life, and I hope it never leaves me.

This is probably the fourth tune I've sung to it; it's a derivation of a tune Bob Stuart thought he learned from a book.... He didn't know he couldn't read music at the time.

The words are a mixture of various family versions. The only version I can place is the "Some were playing poker..." verse from my aunt Ethewyn, but even that has probably changed.

There was a lofty ship, and they put her out to sea,
And the name of the ship was the Golden Vanity,
And they sailed her on the lowlands, lowlands low,
They sailed her on the lowland sea.

And she had not been sailing but two weeks or three
When she was overtaken by a Turkish Revelry
As she sailed along the lowland, lowland low,
As she sailed along the lowland sea.

Then boldly up spoke our little cabin boy,
Saying: "What would you give me if the galley I destroy?
If I sink her*in the lowland, lowland low,
If I sink her in the lowland sea."

"To the man that them destroys," our Captain then replied,
"Five thousand pounds, and my daughter for his bride
If he'll sink them in the lowlands, lowlands low,
If he'll sink them in the lowland sea."

Well, the boy he made ready, and overboard went he,
And he swam to the side of the Turkish enemy
As she lay along the lowlands, lowlands low,
As she lay along the lowland sea.

And he had a brace and auger made for the use,
And he bored nine holes in her hull all at once
As she lay along the lowland, lowland low,
As she lay along the lowland sea.

And some were playing poker, and some were playing dice;
Some were in their hammocks, and the sea as cold as ice,
And the water rushed in, and it dazzled to their eyes,
They were sinking in the lowland sea.

Well, he swam back to his ship, and he beat upon the side,
Crying: "Shipmates, take me up, for I'm wearied with the tide,
And I'm weary of the lowlands, lowlands low,
I'm weary of the lowland sea."

"Well, I'll not pick you up," the Captain then replied;
"I'll shoot you, I'll drown you, I'll sink you in the tide;
I will sink you in the lowland, lowland low,
I will sink you in the lowland sea."

"If it was not for the love that I bear for your men,
I'd do unto you as I did unto them,
I would sink you in the lowland, lowland low,
I would sink you in the lowland sea."

And the boy bowed his head; down sank he,
And he said farewell to the Golden Vanity
As she lay along the lowland, lowland low,
As she lay along the lowland sea.

(repeat first verse)

* If I replace "her" with "him," it's because we often speak of a vessel of another country as "he" "the Spaniard," "the Frenchman," etc., as though we were talking of the man that sails her.
Don't know why.

GORDON BOK, ANN MAYO MUIR, and ED TRICKETT


    
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