Self-Propelled Music. ASM101D (1987) 

   No longer available in CD, but you can still have these great songs via digital download from Bandcamp.

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Surfacing includes the 13 songs listed below; I've quoted Tom's (often amusing) liner notes for each.

Click on listen to sample to listen to a sample of the song. Click on the song title to see the lyrics.

  1. listen to sampleA 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 sampleRecall  "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 sampleInside Every Sailor (Deceptions) "Who is so perfect as never to have practised self-deceipt?"
  4. listen to sampleSailorman's Port in a Storm "Please feel free to adapt and augment at will -- just like 'real' shanties."
  5. listen to sampleWatches "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 sampleAnd the Hunter Home from the Hill "A song based on Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'Requiem'."
  7. listen to sampleLandlocked Sailor  "This is what moving to North America does to a nautical songwriter."
  8. listen to sampleMarching 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 sampleAway "Lyn knows that this one is for her."
  10. listen to sampleBread and Butter to Me "Did you notice that there were no personal invitations issued to join the Falkland's conflict?"
  11. listen to sampleDiesel 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 sampleSailor'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.