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Ballad of Shillelagh O'Toole

Someday, somewhere...

Ireland's cruelest pirate wreaks blackthorn havoc upon the high seas until one fateful day when he meets a man whose shillelagh is bigger than his. Herein lies a Karmic life lesson to which certain People in High Places these days would do well to pay heed.

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Bound for the Rio Grande

New take on a classic favorite

This traditional song was often sung as a ship was departing. There are a number of variations on the lyrics... I've created one more to make it not only a sad song about departure, but also a hopeful song of returning home again.

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Cabin Boy

If I only knew then what I know now!

A comical ballad about the sad plight of a young lad who ran away to sea dreaming of a sailor's life of romance and adventure only to discover that reality falls short of youthful dreams - as it so often does!

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NEW - Cape Cod Girls

LATEST SINGLE!

Here's a sparse, primitive-sounding arrangement of a traditional American sea shanty. It might have been sung like this on shipboard back in the days of sail. There is only a banjo, voice, and a set of 6 antique brass door keys. The drum-like sound is tapping on the banjo head.

This was recorded in my home studio late one night when I couldn't sleep and was just fooling around. I just recently discovered it on an external drive. I remember I had been reading about the US opoid drug crisis created by big pharmaceutical companies, and evidently some disgust lingered in my consciousness, because a snide reference found it's way into one verse. I decided to leave it.

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