BOUNDING MAIN IS
Lost at Sea!
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their second album, 'Lost at Sea,' Bounding Main
continues in the fine tradition of the first. While
remaining firmly rooted in a-cappella maritime songs,
they never-the-less span a wide range of emotions and
styles. From the catchy drinking shanties like 'Haul
Away Joe,' 'Marching Inland,' and (naturally) 'All for
Me Grog' and on to more haunting and even soulful pieces
such as 'Northwest Passage' and 'Dreadnaught,' the
entire crew of Bounding Main
put their voices to maximum impact, accompanied only by
occasional claps and the selective use of sound effects.
An excellent CD that hoists the bar for sea shanties
2006, Read the full
Liner notes from "Lost at Sea"
(Traditional Fo'c'sle Song)
A ship song and guess what? A ship sinks! Tragedy!
Gotta love it. There is choreography that goes along with
this one. Drop by a show some time and Maggie will be
overjoyed to teach it to you, over and over again.
Soloist: Maggie Hannington
Haul Away Joe
A tack and sheet shanty. That−s right, a tack and sheet
shanty. Say that fast a few times (Bounding Main is not
responsible for the filth that may pour from your lips while
saying "a tack and sheet shanty").
Soloist: David Yondorf (and if by "Yondorf" you mean...)
(Contemporary Maritime Song; Words and Music by: Tom
A cure for sea-sickness song. We love this song as we are
the WORST sailors ever! Not a lot of drinking in the group,
Gina gets sea-sick (the tall ship the Denis Sullivan tried
to kill her you know), Maggie is afraid of water, Jon
doesn−t know what the difference is between a capstan shanty
and a halyard shanty, Christie is afraid to sing in public,
David ... actually we are all kind of afraid of him so the
less said the better. Dean of course, well he knows all this
stuff and is the closest thing to a
sailor/historian/shantyman that we have.
We're all on this one.
"Actually, I think the
harmonies - and the slight departures from the
original melody - were very inventive and
attractive, and the variation of pace is good 'ear
Author or "Marching Inland"
(Words and music by: Ken Stephens)
This is a ship song. The ship sinks. We love it when that
happens! We had a hard time keeping to the traditional
sea-faring style of music that this piece deserves.
Christie−s lyrical storytelling about the ship makes us all
want to snap our fingers, turn the lights down low, and do a
Soloist: Christie Dalby
Bully in the Alley
(Traditional Halyard Shanty)
A love song, sort of. Roughly translated it−s a song
about a boy and a girl and someone being blind drunk and
stumblin− in an alley. We do that too but without the
alcohol. We just like being in blind alleys.
Soloist: Jon Krivitzky
(Words and Music by: Stan Rogers)
An explorer song. Ahhh ... exploring. Something that we do
every time we get into a car and try to get to a gig. This
is a beautiful piece about explorers trying to find the
Northwest Passage to the Orient.
Soloist: Gina Dalby.
Little Boy Billee
(Traditional Fo−c−sle Song)
A few of the boys die song. Tragedy? We think not. In
fact, they get what−s coming to 'em.
Vocals: This is a guys− song. The girls were nowhere
near it when it happened and take no responsibility for it.
A Capital Ship
(Words and music by: Charles Edward Carryl (1841-1920))
A grammar song. Get it, A "Capital" Ship? Not buying
that? Well then it−s a ship song. But sadly, the ship does
not sink. The song does however contain mysterious lyrics
that sound like, "on the Gulliby Isles where the pooh-poo
smiles and the anagazanders roar." Spend some time
figuring that one out. A special thanks to Anne Delfeld for
introducing us to this song.
Vocals: This is an all-sing featuring the girls.
(Traditional Irish Tune)
A ship song. And yes, gloriously, it sinks! Not only does
it sink, it takes the crew and their mangy, flea-bitten,
poop-machine of a dog with them. Boy we miss that dog.
Vocals: This has all of us, featuring the guys. Egg
Percussion: Christie Dalby
(Traditional, sung as a Fo−c−sle Song)
A ship song. Gina thinks this song is long and insists
that it makes her butt look big. She also thinks the held
note near the end of the piece is pretentious but we know
she could have held it longer. However, between the possible
unending duration of the note, and the size of her butt, we
just left it the way it is and moved on.
Soloist: Gina Dalby
Cape Cod Girls
A capstan or pump shanty, also known to us as a
"shanty-shanty." This one tells you all you would ever need
to know about the girls, kids, cats, and shoes that inhabit
Soloists: Dean Calin and David Yondorf
(Traditional Cornish Ballad . . . but so updated as to
hardly resemble the original. New lyrics composed by Gina
and Christie Dalby.)
A "girls blame the guys" song. The ladies are in
desperate circumstances, just take a look at with whom they
sail, and they are forced to turn to a life of crime. They
only steal from the audience though, just like Robin Hood.
Kinda. Maybe. Well, okay, not at all like Robin Hood, but
they still haul in some sweet loot!
Vocals: This is a girls− song only. We sent the guys
out for, well anything just to get them out of here.
All For Me Grog
A drinkin− song and a church song. Well ok, it−s only a
church song at the end but we do what we can.
Vocals: This is an all-skate.
Randy Dandy O
This is a capstan shanty. You can really hear the crew
working and complaining on this song. Dean leads us kicking
and screaming into this one but it all works out in the end.
Soloist: Dean Calin