I was the boat man (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-28)   CPDL #39442:   
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2016-04-28).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 849 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Three-part men's a cappella arrangement. Range is from a low B to the D above middle C. This is identical to the women's arrangement, just down the octave, so if you wished, for an SATB group, you could divide into three sections with men and women in octaves. (Sop/Ten, Sop/Ten, and Bass/Alto)
  • (Posted 2016-04-28)   CPDL #39427:       
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2016-04-27).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 852 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Three-part women's a cappella arrangement.

General Information

Title: I Was the Boat Man
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Maggie Furtak

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSA or TTB
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016

Description: This simple three-part song starts as a 2-part round, and then splits into three parts with variations. Easy to learn with a range of an octave and a third. Since this is a cappella, it can be easily transposed up or down a step to suit your singers, or by an octave for tenors and basses.

External websites: https://youtu.be/922t0ijs4o0

Original text and translations

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I knew the jack who felled the tree.
I knew the man who milled the wood.
I knew the wright who built the boat,
and the boat man, he was me.

Come raise a glass to men like these.
(I was the man who worked the boat.)
Their day is done, they work no more.
(I used to sail out from the shore.)
Long may you weep for men like these,
(Gone are the men who know the tide,)
but I was a boat man, and I weep for the sea.