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so salty pieces of coral from surfing Hawaii in the 60's and 70's getting reef pounded living in my body fall through my skin from time to time!

sailing to Oahu

Jimi Hendrix was playing on Oahu. I had never sailed. Surfed Mexico, California, Hawaii! Aw, how hard could it be to sail 90-110 miles from Kauai to Oahu? Piece of cake, right? Remember it was the 60's! This is so bad. We thought we were looking at Kaiena Point,Ohau, knowing we weren't going to make the concert! But at least we were in site of Oahu-wrong! Coy, who had never sailed before, me,who had never sailed before, jeff and Abbott etc. We were looking at the sleeping giant on Kauai! We had done three-sixty's in the night! We sailed on the only tri-marran I've ever sailed on ( except later ) in my life, missed the concert! It was at the Waikiki Shell Ampitheater ( Moon eclipsed . We finally made Nawilwili Harbor! The Skipper tried to give us his boat saying, " It's trying to kill me"! We watched him go stark raving mad not even realising that had we got caught in the channel current we were on our way to Japan! Remember it was the 60's and we were going to see Hendrix. I left out some of the good stuff but I will make up for it later!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Songs of the sea and lays of the land

BOLD ROBIN ROVER                    anonymous

Bold Robin Rover

Said to his crew:

“Up with the black flag

And down with the blue!

Up with the Black Boy!

All men to show,

Over the water

And off let us go!”

A man-of-war he hailed us:

“Come under my lee!”

“See you damned,” said the pirate,

“For I'd rather sink at sea ,


In the blue water

Far out and free,

Cruising down on the shore

By the coast of Barbary.”

We met the Flying Dutchman,

By midnight he came,

His hull was all of hell fire,

His sails were all o' flame;

Fire on the main-top,

Fire on the bow,

Fire on the gun-deck,

Fire down below!

Four-and-twenty dead men,

Those were the crew,

The devil on the bowsprit

Fiddled as she flew.


We gave her a broadside

Right in the dip,

Just like a candle,

Out went the ship.

We met a gallant vessel

A-sailing on the sea ,

For mercy, for mercy,

For mercy, she did plea;

But the mercy we gave her

We sunk her in the sea ;

Cruising down on the shore

By the coast of Barbary,

Four-and-twenty Spaniards,

Mighty men of rank,

With their golden ladies

Had to walk the plank,


Over the gunwale

Into the sea ,

Cruising down on the shore,

By the coast of Barbary.

Oh devil take the captain!

And devil take the ship!

And devil take the cargo!

And devil take the trip!

And devil take the bo'su'n!

And devil take his call!

And devil take the doctor!

And devil take 'em all!

Over the quarter,

Over the sail,

Into the water,

Dead as a nail


Slung like a biscuit,

Hot as a coal,

Where the sharks may take the body,

And the devil take the soul!

Then spoke Grim Sam of Jersey, “As we've heard

A mermaid or a witch is the same bird,

But of a different feather, so a pirate,

And slaver, is all one for guards to fire at,

For pirates kill and plunder all they catch,

And slavers at the same are just their match;

There ain't no special difference (it was said

That Sam himself well knew the Guinea trade,

And half-way to the devil had sent his soul

By running into Cuba “sacks of coal”)—

And then he sang to us right merrily

More grog !

A slaver's song, which was not writ by me.

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