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The D***ed Port Elizabeth Wall

Written/Posted by MrNatch3L


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Size: 5,154kb, uploaded 12/29/2016 1:13:01 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

FAIR WARNING: Some typical sailor language (but nothing close to your average hip-hop radio station!) Original song based on a true story told on Facebook by Gary "Cap'n Fatty" Goodlander, author of "Creative Anchoring" and other books for sailors. I commented that I thought there was a sea shanty in it, but I'm not sure he believed me. Cap'n Fatty has lived aboard sailboats for over 50 years, and he's currently doing his 3rd circumnavigation. This song is about his recent experience in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He wanted to anchor in the harbor but the port authority wouldn't let him because a big coal ship needed more room to turn to dock. The only place to tie up smaller craft without paying off the "land sharks", so he said, is a really rough concrete ("satanic" as he puts it) wall which, combined with big freighters' wash, winds, and tidal swells doesn't bode well for a skipper's topside. This recording is the first time I've tried doing Irish/Celtic style with a flat pick. Banjo is a Nechville Atlas woody 5-string, tuned to double C, capoed up 2 for D. I never intended to do a banjo track, but when I got the tune mixed I realized that it needed one, and so I scrambled to do one.

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