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Two Men on a Boat

by Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier

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On 19th Novemeber 2013 we convened aboard Chris’s 64 foot Humber Keel ‘Southcliffe’ moored in the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole. We set up the studio. We had a cup of tea. We procrastinated. We admired the original cabin and the eighty year old diesel engine and somehow four days later via the Willows Folk Club, a lot of good craik, many cups of excellent tea and a visit to the chip shop we made this. And we’re both very proud of it.

Chris Sherburn is one of the best anglo-concertina players in the UK. He is renowned for his great playing and mighty craic! He is also well known for his longstanding musical partnership with Denny Bartley. They toured worldwide and released numerous albums. They formed band extraordinaire “Last Night’s Fun”, and it was here Findlay and Chris met. In recent years Chris has also toured extensively with Bella Hardy.

Findlay Napier is a Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Glasgow. After attaining his BA in Scottish Traditional Song Findlay formed a traditional folk band called Back of the Moon which performed all over the world and released three albums. They were awarded ‘Best Up and Coming Act’ at the Trad Music Awards in 2003 and ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in 2005.

When the Back of the Moon disbanded in late 2006 Findlay performed with Last Night’s Fun for a year playing up and down the length of the UK. At the same time he formed. Findlay Napier and The Bar room Mountaineers. Findlay is a fine songwriter……

“(5 Star Review) This is not background music. These songs look you square in the eye and give you a quick slap around the sensibilities if you dare stop paying attention.” FRUK

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released January 6, 2014

Chris Sherburn- Concertina
Findlay Napier- Guitar, Vocals

Engineered by Findlay Napier
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Freegard

Cover by Keith Beattie
Photos by Richard Crawford
Additional Photos by Findlay Napier and Terry Oliver


Thanks to Ken and Sue Bradburn at Emerging Music. Jane Martin, Lucy and Little Beth. Emily Sanders. Gillian Frame and Lucy. Peter and Marie Louise Napier. Richey Carey. Richard Crawford. Tristan Bryant. Keith Beattie. Eddie and Sue Green at Willows Folk Club. All at Ely Folk Festival. Donald Shaw and all at Celtic Connections. Boo and Audrey Hewerdine. Nick Turner. Jim Hunter. Anne Neilson. Ruth and Robert Bramley.

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Track Name: Valentina
Valentina

Cutting the cloth and pushing in pins
Work never ends it just begins
Smoke rises slow and the soot it falls
Valentina’s high above us all

A shooting star will catch the light
She’s somewhere up there in the night
This world must look so small
Valentina’s high above us all

Wish I wasn’t so easy to leave behind
Out of sight and out of mind
Valentina Valentina

When she comes home she’ll need a parade
She’s seen so much we’ll look homemade
Valentina the belle of the ball
Valentina high above us all

Wish I had what it takes guess I’m scared to go
If you don’t say yes you’ll never know
Valentina Valentina

Cutting the cloth and pushing in pins
Work never ends it just begins
Her picture hangs on the factory wall
Valentina’s high above us all
Track Name: Johnny Cope
Cope sent a chailenge frae Dunbar’
Chairlie meet me an’ ye dare
I’ll learn ye the airts o’ war
If ye’ll meet me in the morning
When Chairlie looked the letter upon
He drew his sword his scabbard from
Follow me, my merry men
Meet Johnnie Cope in the morning

Hi, Johnny Cope, are ye walkin’ yet
Or are your drums a-beating yet
Gie you were walkin’ I would wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning

When Johnnie Cope he heard o’ this
He thought it wouldnae be amiss
Tae hae a horse in readiness
Tae flee awa’ in the morning
CH:
Fie noo Johnny, get up and rin
The Highland bagpipes mak’ a din
Better tae sleep wi’ a hale skin
It will be a bloody morning

CH:
BREAK
When Johnny Cope tae Dunbar cam’
They speirded him, Whaur’s a’ your men
The de’il confound me gin I ken
I left them a’ in the morning
Fie noo Johnny, ye werenae blate
Tae come wi’ the news o’ your ain defeat
And leave your men in sic a strait
Early in the morning
CH
Faith, quo’ Johnny, I got sic flegs
Frae their claymores and philabegs
Gin I face them again de’il brak’ my legs
I’ll bid ye’s a’ good morning
Track Name: After the Last Bell Rings
After the last bell rings

After the last bell rings
Will I be on my own
Sleeping beneath the stars
Nowhere to call home
A million lights above me
When all I want is one
Will I be on my own
After the last bell rings

After the last bell rings
Where am I going to go
When all the chairs are stacked
Caught in the undertow
Eyes in the bar room mirror
Somehow seem to know
Where am I going to go
After the last bell rings

Let it ring, let it ring
Let it ring, let it ring

After the last bell rings
Darling put you hand in mine
Both of us are lost
Who knows what we’ll find
Our pockets might be empty
All we’ve got is time
Darling put your hand in mine
After the last bell rings
Track Name: A Wee Drappie O't
A Wee Drappie O’t

This life is a journey we a’ hae tae gang
An’ care is the burden we cairry alang
Though heavy be oor burden an’ poverty oor lot
We’ll be happy a’thegither o’er a wee drappie o’t
O’er a wee drappie o’t o’er a wee drappie o’t
We’ll be happy a’thegither o’er a wee drappie o’t

The trees are a’ stript o’ their mantles sae green
The leaves o’ the forest nae langer are seen
For winter is here wi’ it’s cauld icy coat
And we’ve a’ met thegither o’er a wee drappie o’t
O’er a wee drappie o’t o’er a wee drappie o’t
And we’ve a met thegither o’er a wee drappie o’t


Job in his lamentations said man wis made tae mourn
And there’s nae such thing as pleasure frae the cradle tae the urn
But in his meditations he surely had forgot
The pleasure man enjoys o’er a wee drappie o’t
O’er a wee drappie o’t o’er a wee drappie o’t
The pleasure man enjoys o’er a wee drappie o’t
Track Name: Spencer the Rover
Spencer the Rover

This tune was composed by Spencer the Rover
As valiant a man as ever left home
And he had been much reduced
Which caused great confusion
And that was the reason he started to roam

In Yorkshire near Rotherham, he had been on the ramble
Weary of traveling, he sat down to rest
By the foot of yon' mountain
Lays a clear flowing fountain
With bread and cold water he himself did refresh

With the night fast approaching, to the woods he resorted
With woodbine and ivy his bed for to make
But he dreamt about sighing
Lamenting and crying
Go home to your family and rambling forsake

'Twas the fifth day of November, I've reason to remember
When first he arrived home to his family and friends
And they did stand so astounded
Surprised and dumbfounded
To see such a stranger once more in their sight

And his children come around him with their prittle prattling stories
With their prittle prattling stories to drive care away
And he's as happy as those
As have thousands of riches
Contented he'll remain and not ramble away

This tune was composed by Spencer the Rover
As valiant a man as ever left home
And he's as happy as those
As have thousands of riches
Contented he'll remain and not ramble away
Track Name: Sold Out
SOLD OUT

Sold out,
Closed the shutters barred the windows
Travel where the road goes
Moved on
Tore up the lease that tied me
Going absentee
Sold out

Sold out,
You bought everything I brought you
You’re happy so I’ll leave you
So long
Someone will open up in town
Who’ll stay up late, who’ll stick around
Sold out,

You seen the sign on the windows
You seen the empty shelves
You called it a sign of the times
But you done nothing to help

Sold out
Turn the key for the last time
Dying echo of the door chime
Long gone
Just footprints in the dust
Just footprints in the dust

Sold out, moved on, So long, long gone
Track Name: Delta
Delta

Waking, Stream of consciousness
On a sleeping, street of dream
Thoughts, like scattered leaves
Slowed in midfall, into the streams


Of fast flowing rivers of choice and chance
And time stops here on the delta
While they dance
While they dance


I love the child who steers this riverboat
But lately he’s crazy for the deep
And the river seems dreamlike in the daytime
And someone keeps thinking in my sleep
Track Name: MacPherson's Rant
Fare thee weel, ye dungeons dark and strang
Fareweel, fareweel to thee
Macpherson's time will ne'er be lang
On yonder gallows tree

Sae wantonly, sae dauntonly
Sae rantonly gaed he
He played a tune an' he danced aroon
Below the gallows tree

Untie these bands from off my hands
Bring tae me my sword
There's nae a man in a' Scotland
That'll brave him at his word

Theres some come here tae see me hang
And some to buy my fiddle
But before that I do pairt wi' her
I'll brak' her through the middle

The reprieve was comin' o'er the Brig o' Banff
To set Macpherson free
But they put the clock a quarter afore
And they hanged him from that tree

Little did my auld mother think
When first she cradled me
That I would die a rovin' blade
And die upon the gallows tree
Track Name: One For the Ditch
One For the Ditch

VERSE 1

G C
Whisky with water is good for the soul
G D
But without a peat fire it’s no use at all
G Em C G
Whisky with ginger goes down a treat
G\B D G
But if you’re killing a memory it’s best taken neat

Am G\B C G
CHORUS: One for ignition, two for the road
Cadd9 G D
Three for the ditch walk the rest the way home

VERSE 2

First foot’s the hardest in the new years snow
Lying in the ditch time to get up and go
Point to the stars wouldn’t it be fine
To know with some kind of certainty that one of them was mine

CHORUS

MIDDLE 8
Bm C G
There’s fireworks and dancing the bottle goes round
Bm C D Bm7
Everyone’s lined up parties all over town
Em7 Bm7 D11 C∅
And just as it gets to ‘Wild Mounting Time’
D
The coupes stream off in disorderly lines
Track Name: Look Over the Hills and Far Away
Look over the hill and far away

G C
Look over the hill and far away
G C
We'll see the start of a brand new day
G C G
Heaven help us when it arrives
G C G
One more day with tears in our eyes
A7sus4 A7
For the only one, lonely one
Am7 D7
Lonely one, where can she be?

The figure stands at the windowpane
Up to the hill he looks again
Thinking back, he knows he was wrong
How could he leave his home for so long
And he's back to find no change of mind
He was blind, where can she be?

Why does he stand just outside the door
It does no good, he's stood there before
And just waved his hand, I don't understand
There's no one there, so who can explain?