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Strike The (Friggin') Bell
Traditional, performed by Wild Mountain Thyme on Go, Lassie, Go

We call Strike the Bell "Strike the Friggin' Bell" because it was very hard to record for "Go Lassie Go." We use a lot of visual cues to begin and end notes and phrases. This song was recorded with each voice on a separate track. That allowed us to sing one at a time, but we no longer had the visual cues. What a nightmare.

Strike the Bell is a favorite among the younger people. They don't understand the sea shanty words, but they love the refrain "Strike the Bell!" Bill & Kathleen live in a flat with neighbor above them. One Sunday afternoon they heard loud stomping from upstairs followed by very loud music. Low and behold, Andrew, the two year old had managed to put in our cassette tape "Go Lassie Go" and was stomping and singing to the song "Strike the Bell."

Lyrics:

Down on the quarter deck and walking about,
There is the second mate so steady and so stout;
What he is a-thinkin' of he doesn't know himself
And we wish that he would hurry up and strike, strike the bell.

Chorus:
Strike the bell second mate, let us go below;
Look ya well to windward you can see it's gonna blow;
Look at the glass, you can see it has fell,
Oh we wish that you would hurry up and strike, strike the bell.

Down on the main deck and workin' at the pumps,
There is the starboard watch just longing for their bunks;
Look out to windward, and see a great swell,
And we wish that you would hurry up and strike, strike the bell

Forward on the forecastle head and keepin' sharp lookout,
Yonder Johnson standin', a-longin' fer to shout,
Lights' a-burnin' bright sir and everything is well,
And he's wishin' that the second mate would strike, strike the bell.

Aft at the wheelhouse old Anderson stands,
Graspin' at the helm with his frostbitten hands,
Lookin' at the compass through the course is clear as hell
And he's wishin' that the second mate would strike, strike the bell.

Aft on the quarter deck our gallant captain stands,
Starin' out to sea with a spyglass in his hand,
What he is a-thinkin' of we know very well,
He's thinkin' more of shortenin' sail than strikin' the bell.

Go, Lassie, Go

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