Challenge Sea Shanty/Ballad Challenge

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  1. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    Hey! What’s my favorite kind of relationship fic that involves villainous characters?

    A PIRATE SHIP!

    *Dodges rotten fruit*


    Welcome Aboard to the Sea Shanty/Ballad challenge!

    Sea shanties came about in the mid-19th century as a distinct style of work song sung on sailing vessels (so, yeah, I am very aware all my pirate jokes are misplaced, but evidence does suggest that pirates and privateers would have used music as entertainment, so meeeh on all the haters). Sailors would also sing ballads or sea songs during their pleasure time. Modern artists have also taken their own spin on the style of sea shanties and ballads (or songs about pirates). I was listening to some one night (because Briannakin was actually raised by pirates) and thought: what better than a bunch of songs about drinking, true love (or perhaps not), fighting, amputation, death, hell, and sailing the vast seas to get the muse swabbing the decks!

    I have collected 15 traditional… and not so traditional, sea shanties/ballads/songs for people to challenge themselves with.

    Keep in mind: I have ordered the songs with some logic. The lower numbers (1 to about 7) are the more traditional shanties and ballads and higher numbers (8-13) are more modern folk takes on sea songs, as well as from modern movies. Finally, numbers 14 and 15 are of a particularly… evil nature.

    You may either pick a number using this information as a guide, or roll an 18-sided dice for something totally random.


    Rules:

    1. Keep it within the ToS, please. A few of these songs are a bit suggestive, but none are explicit (there’s nothing above PG).

    2. Post what number you want (or roll a die) and I will reply with your song in this thread (and include some background information).

    3. Do whatever darn well pleases ye landlubber’s heart with these songs. Retell the tale. Write a songfic. Just use a verse or the title. NSWFF is welcome as well.

    4. If you find you just can’t come up with a fic, just tell me and I’ll give you a second chance to pick a song.

    5. Right now, I’m stetting the limit at only 1 song per person. I’m not going to add more (sorry, I know 15 is a bit on the lower end when it comes to these), but once all the numbers are taken, if people want to throw a die and get a random song someone has already done, they can. If a couple months go by and not all the songs are taken, I’ll let people have another.

    6. There is no rule 6. I just wanted to warn you guys that, honestly, some of the best recordings of the more traditional shanties are from Assassins’ Creed IV, so I went with those for some of the recordings, but there often are other covers of the songs and slight alterations of lyrics. Use whatever version you wish.

    7. There is no deadline. Because dead men tell no tales.

    8. Post ye bootie here once it is plundered so we can all enjoy it.



    1 –

    2 -

    3 - The Mermaid - Pandora

    4 - Leave her, Johnny - Findswoman

    5 - Drunken Sailor - Raissa Baiard

    6 - Whiskey-Johnny - galactic-vagabond422

    7 - (Rolling) Down to Old Maui - WarmNyota_SweetAyesha - An Unusual Playlist

    8 -

    9 - My Jolly Sailor Bold - Ewok Poet - A Stranger in Someone Else's Dream

    10 - Hoist the Colours - earlybird-obi-wan - Hoist The Colours

    11 - In All My Dreams I Drown - Briannakin

    12 - Ready for the Storm - mavjade

    13 - The Last Shanty - AzureAngel2 - You Want It Darker

    14 - The Last Saskatchewan Pirate - leiamoody

    15 - The Pirates who don't do Anything - Chyntuck
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  2. Findswoman Jedi Grand Master

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    Challenge related to music and/or songs of a historical nature? Oh, you know I'm there. :D

    May I ask for no. 4, please?
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  3. Raissa Baiard Jedi Grand Master

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    Aw, what the heck...I need more challenges in my life ;)

    I be rollin’ the dice and letting Fate decide...
    Raissa Baiard threw 15-faced die for: Sea shanty Total: 5
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  4. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    You got....

    4 – Leave Her, Johnny

    Info: Johnny must leave his love for a job on the high seas.

    Recording:

    Lyrics: http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/leaveher


    5- Drunken Sailor

    Info: The classic sea shanty nearly everyone knows. It asks the most important question: ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor?’
    Recording:

    Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/drunken-sailor-lyrics-irish-rovers.html

    Also! Fun fact involving this song: I once preformed this song as part of a drum line (accompanied by two violins) using snare drum sticks on the floor of the Pearson International airport.
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  5. Chyntuck Force Ghost

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    Oooooooooh! @Briannakin I need a pirate song right now, so this sounds perfect for me! Just to confirm, would it be okay to combine this with another challenge fic I have in the works? (This challenge being non-competitive, I assume it is, but I just want to check.)
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  6. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    Yeah, it's fine.
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  7. mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager

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    I really don't need another challenge on my plate, but I certainly do want one!! I'm going to leave it up to chance and throw a die.
    mavjade threw 15-faced die for: Total: 12
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  8. Chyntuck Force Ghost

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    I'll go with #15 please. I need an evil song [face_devil]
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  9. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    (I know the feeling)

    You got:
    12 – Ready For the Storm

    Info: As far as I can research, this song was first written in 1981 and has been covered by a number of people.
    Recording:

    Lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rich_mullins/ready_for_the_storm.html

    bwhahahaha. I was really hoping you'd get this one:

    15 – Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

    Info: One of the most classic songs from the VeggieTales (a series of children’s animations), this song was later turned into a full length movie. The song is about lazy pirates. That is all.
    Recording:

    Lyrics: https://genius.com/Veggietales-the-pirates-who-dont-do-anything-lyrics
  10. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    I too also do not need another challenge, so I almost thought about not participating, but I HAVE TO!

    Edit: I got:

    7 – (Rolling) Down to Old Maui
    Info: A song of the tropics from the point of view of whalers of the artic going down to old Maui.
    Recording:

    Lyrics: http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/maui


    Hmmmm. Not the one I wanted, but maybe something will spring into my head.
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    Briannakin threw 15-faced die for: Total: 7
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  11. Chyntuck Force Ghost

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    LOOOOOOL! This is what I expected at all, but I'm definitely writing this one in the same 'verse as the other fic I have in the works! Thanks :)
  12. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    I am behind on everything, but I just can't resist. Yarrrrrr, matey! [face_skull] And #15 is PERFECT crack!fic material - I'm jealous of you, @Chyntuck, and I can't wait to see what you'll do with it!

    (Bri, you might want to type Enter before pasting a video!)

    EDIT: Looks like the Force just can't accept that number 7 is not mine this time. Okay...9 it is. :p
    Last edited by Ewok Poet, Oct 16, 2017
    Ewok Poet threw 15-faced die for: Sea Shanty Ballad Challenge Total: 23
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  13. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    9 – My Jolly Sailor Bold

    Info: A merchant’s daughter falls in love with a jolly sailor bold. From Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    Recording:


    Lyrics: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/Disney-Soundtrack-My-Jolly-Sailor-Bold-lyrics.html
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  14. leiamoody Jedi Grand Master

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  15. galactic-vagabond422 Jedi Master

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    I should have gotten in on this sooner. I can't promise that I will get anything written soon but, Sea Shanties I've spent too much time coming up with ways to integrate them into Star Wars (I actually have a version of Drunken Sailor called Drunken Spacer with lyrics and everything.)

    I'm going to take #6

    Also this is my favorite version of Old Maui



    I highly recommend this band for any of your Sea Shanty needs.
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  16. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    Oooooohh BOY!

    14 – The Last Saskatchewan Pirate

    Info: Chalk full of Canadian references (if you need explanations, I can help), this song is about down-and-out farmer who takes up piracy on the Saskatchewan River. Originally by The Arrogant Worms and later covered by Captain Tractor.
    Recording:


    Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-last-saskatchewan-pirate-lyrics-arrogant-worms.html


    6 – Whisky-Johnny
    Info: This shanty will kill your liver just listening to it.
    Recording:


    Lyrics: http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/whiskey2
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  17. mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager

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    Oh man, those evil songs are evil. I can't wait to read what you guys come up with!

    Whaaaa....?? [face_laugh]
  18. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    Because Canada.
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    I have always loved that song! I cannot WAIT to see what you come up with!
  20. Pandora Jedi Master

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    Oh, well, I think I'll just skip the protestations (I shouldn't! and etc) and go for it: #3.
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  21. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager

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    You got a dark one!

    3- The Mermaid

    Info: A Mermaid appears to a ship and the crew now knows of its doom (NOTE: THIS IS NOT “The Mermaid Song” – that song is just a bit too… fishy for this challenge)
    Recording:

    Lyrics: http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/mermaid2
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  22. earlybird-obi-wan Jedi Grand Master

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  24. earlybird-obi-wan Jedi Grand Master

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  25. AzureAngel2 Jedi Grand Master

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    Please give me number 13! Perhaps I need something totally different to put my mind on at present!
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