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New song-The Winning of Cales

 
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The Huntsman of Soest



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: New song-The Winning of Cales Reply with quote

How about a new song to make those long winter evenings just fly by. This is The Winning of Cales, a jolly ballad about the English expedition to Cadiz (Cales) on June 21st 1596, under Lord Howard and the Earl of Essex, in which we taught the Dons to keep in their place.

Strawhead do a version of this on their Fortunes of War album, missing out some of the more eclectic verses. This is the text to their version. It would be great to hear this in the pub, but sadly I couldn't hold a tune in a bucket, so maybe someone else could kick off....?

Long the proud Spaniards had vaunted to conquer us
threatening our country with fire and sword
Often preparing their navy most sumptuous
With the provision that Spain could afford

chorus
Dub a dub, dub a dub , thus spake their drums
tantara, tantara the Englishman comes


To the seas presently went our lord admiral
with knights courageous and captains full good,
the brave Earl of Essex a prosperous general,
with him prepared to pass the salt flood

chorus

At Plymouth speedily, took they ships valiantly
braver ships never were seen under sail
with their fair colours spread and streamers overhead
now bragging Spaniards take heed of your tail

chorus

Unto Cales cunnningly, came we most speedily
where the Kings navy securely did ride.
Being upon their backs piercing their butts of sack
ere that the Spaiards our coming descried

chorus

There you might see their ships, how they were fired fast
and how their men drowned themselves in the sea.
There might you hear them cry, wail and weep piteously
when they saw no shift to scape thence away

chorus

The great St. Philip, the pride of the Spaniards
was burnt to the bottom, and sunk in the sea
but the St. Andrew, and eke the St Matthew
we took in fight manfully and brought away

chorus

The Spaniards at that sight, thinking it vain to fight
hung flags of truce and yeilded the town.
We marched in presently, decking the walls on high
with English colours which purchased reknown

chorus

Thus Cales was taken, but our brave general
saw that the leaving should not be delayed
so with their wainscots,their presses and bedsteads,
their joint stools and tables a fire we made

and when the town burned all in a flame
with tara tantara away we then came
and when the town burned all in a flame
with tara tantara away we then came.
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that we've sung this one before, as I was reading it I could here the tune in my head.

Not one to lead a tune myself, but am sure that Mr Martin Crates can set us off in the right direction.
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bigmartin



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - we used to sing that one of old. One of Pete Webb's IIRC. However, I do know the tune etc. so give me a nudge to try it.
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