Surfacing

Surfacing!

Self-Propelled Music. ASM101D (1987)
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Surfacing includes the 13 songs listed below; I've quoted Tom's (often amusing) liner notes for each.

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  1. listen to sample A Sailor Ain't A Sailor (Last Shanty)  "My first song, written when I was only 33 and didn't know any better".
  2. listen to sample Recall  "Blue Peter, International Flag 'Papa', is hoisted on merchant vessels to signify imminent departure and to recall the crew. Inspired by Stan Hugill, who is not God -- he just looks like him."
  3. listen to sample Inside Every Sailor (Deceptions) "Who is so perfect as never to have practised self-deceipt?"
  4. listen to sample Sailorman's Port in a Storm "Please feel free to adapt and augment at will -- just like 'real' shanties."
  5. listen to sample Watches "A hairy-chested sailor will tell you that each hair was grown, one at a time, on the middle-watch between 2359 and 0400."
  6. listen to sample And the Hunter Home from the Hill "A song based on Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'Requiem'."
  7. listen to sample Landlocked Sailor  "This is what moving to North America does to a nautical songwriter."
  8. listen to sample Marching Inland (Legend) "The philosophy underlying this song can be found in Homer's Odyssey. In Britain, however, it is impossible to get 100 miles from the sea."
  9. listen to sample Away "Lyn knows that this one is for her."
  10. listen to sample Bread and Butter to Me "Did you notice that there were no personal invitations issued to join the Falkland's conflict?"
  11. listen to sample Diesel and Shale "Despite hearing this cautionary tale of Cyril Tawney, I still spent 17 years stinking of submarine fuel and lubricating oil."
  12. listen to sample Cyril Said It All Before (Post Tawney Blues) "Cyril Tawney is unique! In the Fifties and Sixties he sailed 'single-handed' to the New World of Contemporary, nautical songs, pioneering where the rest of us can only aspire to follow."
  13. listen to sample Sailor's Prayer "The frontispiece of Charles McHardy's authentic submarine novel: Send Down a Dove, is a traditional sailor's prayer, and forms the chorus of this plea for divine intervention.