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Playlist of Cyril Tawney

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  • Cyrils Reunion. A tribute to Cyril Tawney

    5:53

    In 1988 Cyril Tawney was told that if he didn't give up drinking he would be dead within a year. He went T but hated it. He couldn't enjoy his navy reunions when all his mates were knocking 'em back and he wasn't. He then wrote his saddest song ever, 'Reunion' that begins, 'Sorrow is my stock in trade'.

    But then he decided that quality of life was more important than longevity. He carried on drinking as usual, and lived for another 17 years! This is my tribute to Cyril Tawney. It makes reference to twelve of his songs.

    Tony Haynes


    SPECIAL BREW
    Tony & Steve Haynes
    Two brothers 18 years apart - Acoustic folk meets studio rock
    An alloy of musical tastes

    Tony - Vocals, autoharps and bodhran Steve - Keyboard, guitar, bass

    Tony writes songs, sings and has played in folk clubs and festivals for more than forty years. Steve plays bass in pubs with the covers band, Banned. He also teaches guitar, bass guitar and keyboard.

    Recorded at Chad Lane Farm Studios, Flamstead. Thanks Peter!



    The CD is available in Uk £10 P&P. Message me?

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  • The Grey Funnel Line | The Longest Johns

    4:41

    This beautiful and moving song was written by Cyril Tawney about his experiences of life and work at sea. It expresses the sadness felt at heading out to sea and the yearning to return again.
    The video was filmed in Bristol Harbour on the wettest day we could find. We all got absolutely drenched and had a wonderful time doing so. If you want to hear this song more, it is available on our album, Written in Salt.

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    The Longest Johns






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  • Cyril Tawney - The Ballad Of Sammys Bar

    4:48

    From the wonderful In Port album (1972) featuring The Yetties.

  • Grey Funnel Line

    4:11

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Grey Funnel Line · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Chicken on a Raft

    3:21

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Chicken on a Raft · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Diesel and Shale

    7:16

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Diesel and Shale · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • The Grey Funnel Line performed by S.E. Winters

    3:42

    I learned this tune off a 70's album by Maddy Prior and June Tabor titled Silly Sisters...nothing silly about this tune. (Martin Carthy plays guitar on the same album). Performed here on my trusty #1374 Yamaha FG1500 tuned in DADGAD

  • Sammys Bar by Ergo Canto with Tom Hanlon

    4:53

    Ergo Canto (Paul Beck and Leslie Bryant) with Tom Hanlon perform Cyril Tawney's Sammy's Bar at The Hearing Room, Lowell, MA, Jan. 5, 2018.

    Video by Aaron Tornberg, edited by Paul Beck.

  • Cyril Tawney - On A Monday Morning

    3:20

    folk

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  • Sally Free and Easy

    4:58

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Sally Free and Easy · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Cyril Tawney - The Foolish Boy

    1:25

  • Sammys Bar by Cyril Tawney

    6:06

    Written by Cyril Tawney when serving in the British Royal Navy in Malta. Haul away the Dizo refers to the water taxis that ferried the sailors from ship to shore. Yankee sailors on the island were much better paid than the British.

  • On a Monday Morning

    3:21

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    On a Monday Morning · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Stanley the Rat

    1:11

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Stanley the Rat · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Coda singing On a Monday Morning by Cyril Tawney

    4:11

    Coda sing their own richly harmonised arrangement of 'On a Monday Morning' written by Cyril Tawney. This was recorded at Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford.
    This gig was one in a series of 'Sunday Sessions' organised by Greenroom Promotions. Still images by Gerard Duffy of Studio X.
    Apologies for poor quality phone video!!

  • Tamer Valley Requiem

    5:25

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Tamer Valley Requiem · Cyril Tawney

    Man of Honour

    ℗ 2013 Talking Elephant

    Released on: 2013-05-29

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  • Grey Funnel Line - Ash Ludd

    4:00

    My cover of Grey Funnel Line by Cyril Tawney on voice and English Concertina

  • The Oggie Man

    3:10

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    The Oggie Man · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Cyril Tawney - Five Foot Flirt

    3:20

    Cyril Tawney - Five Foot Flirt.
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  • The Carpenters Wife - Cyril Tawney

    6:39

    The Carpenter's Wife / The Daemon Lover / James Harris / Ship Carpenter / House Carpenter / Well Met, My True Love (Child No. 243) - Sung by Cyril Tawney on The Outlandish Knight, Folk Songs from Devon And Cornwall (1969) Polydor 236 577.

    Notes by Kevin W.:
    From Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, who collected it from James Paddon of Holcombe Burnell, Devon, on December 21, 1889.

    A long text with beautiful internal rhymes. Almost too good to be true, it's possible that Baring-Gould had a hand in it and altered the text.

    Song transcription:

    Well met, well met, my own true love
    Long time am I a-seeking of thee
    I'm lately come from the salt, salt sea
    And all for the sake, sweet love, of thee

    I might have had a king's daughter
    She would fain have married me
    I not did care for her crown of gold
    And all for the sake, sweet love, of thee

    If you might have had a king's daughter
    Then I think you are much to blame
    I would not it were for a hundred pounds
    That my husband should know the same

    For my husband he is a carpenter
    A carpenter good is he
    By him I have gotten a little son
    Or else I would go, sweet love, with thee

    But if I should leave my husband dear
    And my fair sweet little boy also
    O what have you got so far away
    That along with thee I should go?

    I have seven ships that sail on the sea
    O it was one brought me to land
    I have mariners many to wait on thee
    To be, sweet love, at thy command

    A pair of slippers thou shalt have
    And they are made of the beaten gold
    They're lined within with coney skin [*]
    To keep thy feet from the cold

    A gilded boat thou also shall have
    The oars they shall be gilded also
    And the mariners they shall pipe and sing
    As through the salt waves we go

    They had not rowed a bowshot up
    A bowshot upon the main
    But over her shoulder she looked back:
    O I wish I was home again

    They had not rowed a bowshot up
    A bowshot from the land
    And over her shoulder she looked and said:
    O set me back on the yellow sand

    For I have a child in my little chamber
    And I think I can hear him cry
    I would not, I would not my babe should wait
    And his mother not be standing by

    The captain he smiled and stroked his arm
    And said – No, this it may not be
    Behind is the shore and the sea is before
    And thou must go, sweet love, with me

    She had not been long upon the sea
    No, not long upon the deep
    Before that she was a-wringing her hands
    And loudly did she wail and weep

    O why do you wail and whenfore weep
    And wring your hands? – then said he
    Do you weep for the gold that is in the hold
    Or do you weep for my fee?

    I do not weep for your gold – she said
    No, nor yet do I weep for your fee
    But by the masthead is my baby dead
    And I weep, I weep for my dead baby

    She had not a-been upon the seas
    But days, they were three or four
    And never a word she spoke nor stirred.
    And she looked always towards the shore

    She had not a-been upon the seas
    But six days of the week
    Before that she lay as cold as the clay
    And never a word could she speak

    They had not a-sailed upon the seas
    Of weeks there were but three or four
    But down to the bottom the ship did swim
    And never was she heard of more

    And when the news to England came
    The carpenter's wife she was drowned
    The carpenter rent his hair and wept
    And then as dead he swound. [**]

    Oh curse be on all sea captains
    That lead such a Godless life
    They will ruin a good ship's carpenter
    His little one and his wife

    * pronounced cooney here. It is an archaic word for rabbit
    ** an archaic version of swooned

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  • Cyril Tawney - The Oggie Man

    3:25

  • All Through the Beer

    4:06

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    All Through the Beer · Cyril Tawney

    The Song Goes On

    ℗ 2014 Talking Elephant

    Released on: 2014-08-11

    Music Publisher: C.C.

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  • The Ballad of Sammys Bar

    3:10

    I love so many of his songs and was fortunate enough to be on the same bill at a festival concert once.

    This song is influenced by his time based offshore at the submarine base at Malta in The Royal Navy in the '50s. Yankee cars weren't necessarily American but the name was given to large plush cars you could hire to impress the ladies. The last boat meant the last free launch at night back to base, if you missed it, you had to call a water taxi (di-so.)

  • 2883. Sally Free and Easy Joe Flood at South Yarra Senior Centre

    2:52

    Another of the songs about women sung by Joe Flood at our recent concert at the South Yarra Senior Centre in Fawkner Park.

    Cyril Tawney (1930-2005) was an English singer-songwriter, specialising in the traditional songs of the West of England and songs of the sea. He was a full-time professional folksinger for 45 years, a record in Britain.

    This song, written in the late 1950s, is Cyril Tawney's best known song. It was covered by numerous folk artists, including Carolyn Hester, Pentangle, Marianne Faithful, Bob Dylan and The Corries.

    Here is my own video of the song, uploaded in 2009:

    Lyrics and chords:
    D ....... Am ....... D ....................... Am ...... D
    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,
    .......... Am ....... D ....................... Am ...... D
    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,
    G ...................... D ....... C .................. D
    Took a sailor's loving for a nursery game.

    Though the heart she gave me was not made of stone, (x2)
    It was sweet and hollow, like a honey comb,

    Think I'll wait till sunset, see the ensign down,(x2)
    Then I'll take the tideway, to my buryin' groun',

    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,(x2)
    When my body's landed, hope she dies of shame.


    Lyrics and chords of many of my songs are no longer available, as my website has expired. I am currently posting lyrics to the information panels on all my videos and those that are too long to post in full will be found on my new website:

  • Sammys Bar

    4:21

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Sammy's Bar (Live) · Cyril Tawney

    Live at Holsteins, Chicago 1981

    ℗ 2014 Talking Elephant

    Released on: 2014-08-11

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

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  • Sammys Bar

    3:38

    Brian Withstanley sings a Cyril Tawney song. Performed at the Dungeness Lifeboat Station on 19th May 2012, in aid of the RNLI lifeboat charity.

  • Six Feet of Mud

    3:48

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Six Feet of Mud · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Oggie Man - Brenda Wootton

    2:32

  • Phil Cooper--Sally Free and Easy

    3:14

    My arrangement of Cyril Tawney's song. When I sent a recording to Rosemary, his widow, she said Cyril would have liked the guitar part. I am in CGCGCD tuning.

  • Lean and Unwashed Tiffy - Michael Kelly -

    2:49

    I first heard this song played by a good friend of mine live at a late night Irish music session at Pennsic, and while I loved the energy of the song, for a long time I had no idea what it was about.

    A little digging turned up some info. A 'tiffy' (slang for 'artificer') is someone employed in the Royal Navy as a fitter, turner, and electrician. Their job is not only to repair problems aboard ship, but also to craft or improvise any replacement parts needed if something is unavailable until they are able to make port.

    The term 'lean and unwashed artificer' was apparently coined by William Shakespeare in Act IV, scene 2 of King John. Cyril Tawney, a naval artificer himself by trade, used the phrase as a starting point when writing the song.

    'Jago's Mansions' is a nickname for the Devonport Barracks. 'Barrack Stanchions' is slang referring to officers that spend most of their time ashore, rarely if ever serving at sea.

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    LEAN AND UNWASHED TIFFY - written by Cyril Tawney

    I'm a lean and unwashed tiffy,
    I come up from Plymouth Town.
    I can fix it in a jiffy
    If you'll hand that spanner down,
    If you'll hand that spanner down.

    Portland girls are raving beauties,
    'Specially in the summer time.
    They make you curse these weekend duties,
    Making love to grease and grime,
    Making love to grease and grime.

    I kissed her standing, kissed her lying,
    And I called her, “turtle-dove”.
    If she'd had wings I'd have kissed her flying;
    That's the way I won my love,
    That's the way—I won my love.

    She left me for a wardroom chappie,
    She said, “He's the better man.”
    She needs wine to keep her happy,
    All I drink is Black-and-Tan,
    All I drink is Black-and-Tan.

    I'll go back to Jago's Mansions
    There to end my life on shore.
    Join up with them barrack stanchions,
    Go R.A. forevermore,
    Go R.A. forevermore.

  • Ferran Nogués - Grey Funnel Line

    2:10

    Ferran Nogués: voc, guit.
    rec. Oct. 7, 2014
    Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney)

  • Sammys Bar by Cyril Tawney sung by Robin Rowley

    4:49

    Cyril Tawney wrote it in Malta when he was a young seaman

  • Cyril Tawney - Early One Evening

    2:52

    Cyril Tawney - Early One Evening.
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  • Sammys Bar

    4:00

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Sammy's Bar · Cyril Tawney

    Navy Cuts

    ℗ 2001 ADA Recordings

    Released on: 2014-08-04

    Music Publisher: Gwyneth Music

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • As Soon as This Pub Closes

    2:15

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    As Soon as This Pub Closes · Cyril Tawney

    The Song Goes On

    ℗ 2014 Talking Elephant

    Released on: 2014-08-11

    Music Publisher: MCPS

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Chicken On A Raft

    3:03

    I found this version of Chicken On A Raft a few years ago, but when I searched for it again a while back, it was gone. I recalled I had the MP3, so I just decided to reupload it and do the world a favor, since I can't stand the high-pitched nasally one from the website, and I imagine I'm not the only one.

  • Sally Free And Easy - Mike Morgan Live at The Saracens Head

    4:48

    'Sally Free & Easy'' was originally written by Cyril Tawney.
    This version was performed by Mike Morgan, recorded Live at The Saracen's Head, Deal, Kent UK on Sunday 4th September 2016.

  • 747. Sally Free and Easy

    3:33

    Cyril Tawney (1930-2005) was an English singer-songwriter, specialising in the traditional songs of the West of England and songs of the sea. He was a full-time professional folksinger for 45 years, a record in Britain.

    This song, written in the late 1950s, is his best known song.

    It was covered by numerous folk artists, including Carolyn Hester, Pentangle, Marianne Faithful, ichingching, Bob Dylan, The Corries and Hong Kong Blues guitarist, Rod Foo.

    Lyrics and chords:
    D ....... Am ....... D ....................... Am ...... D
    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,
    .......... Am ....... D ....................... Am ...... D
    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,
    G ...................... D ....... C .................. D
    Took a sailor's loving for a nursery game.

    Though the heart she gave me was not made of stone, (x2)
    It was sweet and hollow, like a honey comb,

    Think I'll wait till sunset, see the ensign down,(x2)
    Then I'll take the tideway, to my buryin' groun',

    Sally, free and easy, that should be her name,(x2)
    When my body's landed, hope she dies of shame.

    Lyrics and chords of many of my songs are no longer available, as my website has expired. I am currently posting lyrics to the information panels on all my videos and those that are too long to post in full will be found on my new website:

  • Oggie Man - Cyril Tawneys lament at loss of love and pasty sellers.wmv

    2:08

    Another hauntingly nostalgic song written by Cyril Tawney, who served in the Royal Navy and knew the Plymouth dockyards well. The symbolism of the inconstancy and passing of traditional street sellers and a lost love work well, though I still cannot be totally serious about the oggy/oggie word. Sung in Exeter by Alan Rosevear.

  • Cyril Tawney - The Man at the Nore

    4:05

    Cyril Tawney - The Man at the Nore.
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  • Cyril Tawney My Mother Came From Norway

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  • Sally Free and Easy - a sad sailors song from Cyril Tawney

    2:58

    A plaintiff song written by Cyril Tawney, who served in the Royal Navy. Sung in Exeter by Alan Rosevear.

  • Cyril Tawney - The Barley Mow

    4:00

    Cyril Tawney - The Barley Mow.
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  • Cyril Tawney - The ball of yarn

    1:55

    Cyril Tawney - The ball of yarn.
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  • Sammys Bar Revisited

    2:42

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    Sammy's Bar Revisited · Cyril Tawney

    Guide Cats for the Blind (Songs and Poems of Les Barker)

    ℗ Osmosys Records

    Released on: 2008-06-16

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  • The Death of Queen Jane - Cyril Tawney

    3:26

    The Death of Queen Jane (Child No. 170) - Sung by Cyril Tawney on The Outlandish Knight (1969).

    Liner Notes:
    Collected by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould from Samuel Font, Blackdown, Mary Tavy, Devon, March 1893. No text of this is preserved in Baring-Gould's manuscripts, and had he not sent it to Professor Child for publication in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads Font's words would have been completely lost. According to history the birth of King Henry the Eighth's son Prince Edward (later Edward the Sixth) on 12 October 1537 was a natural one although his mother, Jane Seymour, died twelve days later. There was a strong rumour at the time, however, that it had been found necessary to cut the baby out of its mother's side and that Queen Jane died as a consequence. The traditional ballad, very popular in Scotland as well as Devon, Somerset and Dorset, supports the legend.

    Song transcription to be corrected:

    Queen Jane O! Queen Jane O!
    What a lady was she!
    And she was in labour six weeks and a day.

    Queen Jane she was in labour
    For six weeks and more,
    'Til the women grew so weary
    That they fain would give o’er.

    “O women! O women! Good women if ye be,
    Pray send for King Henry and bring him to me.”

    King Henry was sent for, he came in all speed
    In a gown of red velvet from the heel to his head

    King Henry was sent for, and to her he came;
    “Dear Lady! Fair Lady! your eyes they look so dim.”

    “King Henry! King Henry! If kind you would be,
    Pray send for a good doctor and bring him to me.”

    The doctor he was sent for and he came in all speed,
    In a gown of black velvet from his heel to his head.
    The doctor he was sent for and to her he came,
    “Dear Lady! Fair Lady! Your labour it is vain.”

    Oh Doctor! Dear Doctor! If kind you would be,
    Pray open my right side and free my baby.”

    Oh no! cried King Henry “that never can be.
    I’d rather lose the branches than the top of the tree.”

    The doctor gave her a caudle,
    And the death sleep slept she,
    And he opened her right side and he freed her baby.

    The babe it was christened and put out and nursed,
    But the royal Queen Jane she lay dead in the dust.

  • Cyril Tawney - Stanley the Rat

    1:11

    Cyril Tawney - Stanley the Rat.
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  • Cyril Tawney - On a Monday Morning

    3:21

    Cyril Tawney - On a Monday Morning.
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  • Cyril Tawney - All Through the Beer

    4:06

    Cyril Tawney - All Through the Beer
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  • Cyril Tawney Grey Funnel Line Alan Whitbread @ Gloucester Shanty Festival 2015

    3:59

    Friday 22nd May 2015 Gloucester Shanty Festival @ Peppers Cafe with Alan Whitbread performing Grey Funnel Line written by Cyril Tawney in 1959 and recorded by him on his 1990 album Sally Free And Easy

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