Skull & Magpies

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inspired by the high seas and piratical riff-raff, adventures and love
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released January 1, 2009

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THE MAD MAGGIES
Michael Ashby: bass guitar
Johny Blood: tuba
Adrian Gormley: alto sax
Lawrence Jarach: trombone
Maggie Martin: accordion, vocals
Bill Schwartz: drums
Rhian Robinson: clarinet, whistle
Gary  “GDub” Wium: guitars
Lewis Wallace: bass guitar (tracks 3,5 & 6)

Music and Lyrics by Maggie Martin

Recorded at Wally Sound, Oakland, California
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track

Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California
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The Mad Maggies are musicians from Montreal, Quebec and the San Francisco Bay Area who play rowdy ska rock folk fusion with a dash of hot pepper and a swig of slivovitz -- they kick up some dust.

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Track Name: Seaborne
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Track Name: For the Love of Pete
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FOR THE LOVE OF PETE

The news spread fast on Sideways Pier
that Captain Pete had disappeared
They said his bark had run aground
and his crew could not be found

He’d gone a sailing in pursuit
of guns and rum and Spanish loot
but anything can happen on the deep, deep blue sea

Now Sally Doogan loved that man
despite his tendency to cheat, love of drink, rotten temper, stinky feet, missing teeth
And though she’d never been to sea
she swore to rescue Pete.

She bought a sloop and named it Belle
and bid her simple life farewell
as anything can happen on the deep, deep blue sea

Their first day out a storm befell upon that poor ship Belle
The second day they lost their way in fog and heavy swells
Undeterred they spent the third mending line and sail
On the fourth they made some progress till they bumped into that whale

The giant creature slapped his flukes and took a look around
And as he dove beneath their hull he sang a lovely sound
Every hand scanned the sea concerned of his return
That’s when they saw the pirate ships coming up astern

Oh for the love, oh for the love
Oh for the love, oh for the love

Those scoundrels sought to seize Sal’s sloop
but in their midst there came a whoosh
the whale exhaled, the rogues were spooked,
their leader begged a truce

So Sally commandeered their fleet
replete with gold to Port Royal
There’s danger but there’s booty on the deep, deep blue sea

On shore the captain Sally spied
two rum-soaked wenches by his side
And in a flash she saw the truth
She’d rather be a mariner than married to that brute!

So drink up Hearties, rest a spell
for now we’re rich with tales to tell
Tomorrow we’ll be back upon the deep, deep blue sea
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Track Name: Navigate
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NAVIGATE

Whenever you’re blown off course
by winds of sudden change
that leave you lost alone in
waters deep and strange

Don’t panic, don’t dismay
It happens now and then
With a little ingenuity
you can find your way again

Take a clue from those seafarers
They know how to set a course
To see where they are, they look at the stars
and count those log line knots

That’s right they
contemplate, cogitate, calculate, anticipate
triangulate, configurate, navigate, yes navigate

Don’t panic, don’t dismay
You can find your way again.
To see where you are
take a look at the stars and
count those log line knots.

You’ve got to
contemplate, cogitate, calculate, anticipate
triangulate, configurate, navigate, yes navigate
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Track Name: Dark Matters
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Track Name: High Seas Lament
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HIGH SEAS LAMENT

If I could live my life at sea
I’d spend my days in mutiny
Rising up when ‘ere I pleased

No land or lord could hinder me
as I make way across the seas
free from tyranny and toil

I’d cast away both church and crown
I’d let their lies and finery drown
the thieves have cost this world its peace

The ways of men are wearisome
Too many heed the pipe and drum
and war on for the rich and royal

Away, away, away she goes
away, away far from these woes
the crowded quay slips from view
the sooty sky slowly clears to blue

I search for treasures buried deep
beneath the waves of restless sleep
I plunder every hope I find

And when my spirit fills with ease
I’ll know I’ve won my liberty
If I could live my life at sea

Away, away, away she goes
away, away far from these woes
A salty mist fills the wind
the ocean’s edge stretches wide ahead
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Track Name: The Folly of Fame
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Track Name: Sandglass
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Track Name: Rough Music
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ROUGH MUSIC

I’m a roving man, I ply the waves
from Bristol to Benin
from Boston Harbour to Barbados
and back again

Side by side I sail and fight with
brave and brazen men
Our bond is born of circumstance and the
quest for rich fortune

I owe the scratches on my back
to a captain drunk with power
His wrath bled all of loyalty
and set the crew to sour

We bade our time with firm resolve
to carry out the plot
Then one dark night every hand
took to rolling shot

Ay O Ay O
Heed these sounds of righteous discontent
Ay O Ay O
We shall have proper recompense

Of all the women I have known
I’m true to only one
To her I’ll bring these silver coins
and silks of dark crimson

I’m a roving man, I ply the waves
from Bristol to Benin
from Boston Harbour to Barbados
and back again
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Track Name: Morning Star
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Track Name: Fair Winds
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FAIR WINDS

As the hours pass on a shadowy night
her thoughts drift towards the ocean
where moonlight draws a silvery sword
across her lonely heart

He sailed away one wintery morn
to work along the southern coast
They’d sworn their love with a fiery kiss
And the promises all lovers make

I will return
I will come back to you
I will return to hold you
in my arms

May a fair wind blow
to speed your way
and bring you back to me
safely, back to me

A year went by as every year had
on that quiet palm tree bay
Fair winds blew as she ran to the shore
the day his ship came in
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Track Name: Il Y A un Bal
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IL Y A UN BAL

Tiens, bébé il y a un bal ce soir
O, ouais tout le monde danser
moi j’ai tant envie de te voir
Allons y, le bon temps rouler

Moi je porterai une jolie robe
bleu de ciel comme tes grandes yeux
on va danser jusqu'à l'aube
La musique nous rend heureux

Hey Baby there’s a party tonight
O, ouais tout le monde danser
We're gonna dance til the morning light
Allons y, le bon temps roulera

I’m gonna dress up all in blue
bleu de ciel comme tes grandes yeux
feels so good dancing with you
La musique nous rend heureux
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Track Name: Where to Next?
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