Monthly Archives: January 2014

She Moved Through the Souk

This instrumental gets its name because it kind of evolved from Davy Graham’s jazz-raga arrangement of ‘She Moved Through the Fair’ (memorably described by Martin Carthy as ‘a mess’). I’ve used the same arrangement (without the jazziness) as a starting point for accompanying singers since the end of the 1960s, when I used to do ‘She moved through the fair’ with my friend Sally Goddard, who now lives in Newfoundland and sings with the band Atlantic Union. London friends may remember the electric version I used to do with Kathy Bowen Jones.

However, this is a highly personalized, extemporized instrumental version that always seems to come out more North African than Indian.  Anyway, I don’t think we’re in Ireland any more with this version, Toto.

I don’t suppose Martin would like this version much, either. Nevertheless, I’ll probably come back to record a more polished version in due course. Perhaps with a sitar overdub. 🙂

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

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A Smuggler’s Song

A setting of the poem by Rudyard Kipling. I have in mind a guitar accompaniment I’m not quite comfortable with yet, so this MP3 is strictly an unaccompanied demo version. The words and a few notes are available from this page. I believe Peter Bellamy used to sing a version set to ‘The White Cockade’ or a variant thereof, which I guess would readily lend itself to a more chorus-y version, but I don’t remember ever hearing it.

In the 70s, I remember hearing a version to a different tune sung in Berkshire that used the second verse as a chorus. I forget who sang it and don’t know anything about its provenance.

There’s more information about Peter Bellamy’s version (also including the words) on a ‘Mainly Norfolk’  page here: Smuggler’s Song, A

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Dead Man’s Alley

A heavily re-arranged version of the ‘Cocaine Blues’/’Honey take a whiff on me’ theme. I put it together in the 1970s, but then wrote a version I liked better. However, this suddenly popped into my head and I decided I like it after all. Not too bad a demo considering I haven’t played it since the 70s, and probably never in public.

Dead Man’s Alley (Trad. arr. Harley)

Up dead man’s alley, going down Main
Dead man’s alley, going down Main
Dead man’s alley, going down Main
Looking for a woman that use cocaine

Drop back mama, won’t you let me be
Drop back mama, let me be
Drop back mama, and let me be
Cold turkey got his claws in me

Some say the cocaine habit is bad
Some say cocaine is bad
Some say cocaine habit is bad
Stone cold turkey worst I had

Drop back mama, won’t you let me be
Drop back mama, let me be
Drop back mama, and let me be
Cold turkey got his claws in me

Never miss your water till the well run dry
Never miss your water till the well run dry
Never miss your water till the well run dry
Never miss your man till he walk on by, walk on, walk on by

Drop back mama, won’t you let me be
Drop back mama, let me be
Drop back mama, and let me be
Cold turkey got his claws in me

Coming up State Street, running down Main
Coming up State Street, running down Main
Coming up State Street, running down Main
Looking for the man who sell cocaine

Drop back mama, won’t you let me be
Drop back mama, let me be
Drop back mama, and let me be
Cold turkey got his claws in me

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World