As a ten-year-old schoolboy I greatly enjoyed Alfred Noyes poem ‘Old Grey Squirrel’ without understanding any of the implications. Reading it again as an adult I was reminded of my father’s boyhood love of the sea which led him into the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen. A year later World War 2 began and he learned enough about the sea to last his lifetime.
I don’t know if it’s any better to achieve one’s ambition as he did or live unfulfilled, like Squirrel. The tune is mine. The ship is the Royal Clipper at sunset, off Martinique.
A demo recording for a guitar class. There’s a widespread belief that this thoughtful song is traditional, but in fact it was written by Irving Gordon. Pete Seeger recorded it in 1960 and Dusty in 1962, when she was still singing with her brother as The Springfields.
‘Night Train to Munich’ is a 1940 British spy thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring Margaret Lockwood and Rex Harrison. I really must see it one day. I like films with a story. I don’t know why Al Stewart wrote the song but it’s fun and I like songs with a story too.
More about these demo recordings in Retro of the menu.