the song
title : The big ship sails
written by : traditional, arranged by John McCuser and Kate Rusby
song copyright : none; arrangement © 2001 Pure Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby vocal
Joshua Rusby Holling vocal
with :
Ian Carr guitar
Michael McGoldrick whistle
John McCusker double bass
Kevin Morris bell
Eddi Reader additional vocal
music
key : A major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 116
form : ¼v V V v
lyrics

The big ship sails

the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
the ally-ally-oh, the ally-ally-oh
the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
on the last day of september
ally-ally-oh, ally-ally-oh
the big ship sails away
the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
on the last day of september

the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
the ally-ally-oh, the ally-ally-oh
the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
on the last day of september
ally-ally-oh, ally-ally-oh
the big ship sails away
the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
on the last day of september

– whistle solo
[skeleton male vocal]


the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mixed by : Andy Seward and Joe Rusby at Pure Records studio, Yorkshire
mastered by : Chris Thorpe at Serendipity
technical
track timing : 8:16
song timing : 2:02
released on
album : Little lights track 11   [second song]

commentary
this children’s song was presumably recorded because of the presence of Joshua in the studio and added as a ‘hidden’ track for its tweeness value
Adrian Dover