Navigator by Philip Gaston The canals and the bridges, the embankments and cuts They blasted and dug with their sweat and their guts They never drank water but whisky by pints And the shanty towns rang with their songs and their fights Navigator, navigator, rise up and be strong The morning is here and there's work to be done Take your pick and your shovel and the bold dynamite For to shift a few tons of this earthly delight Yes to shift a few tons of this earthly delight They died in their hundreds no sign to mark where Save the brass in the pocket of the entrepreneur By landslide and rock blast they got buried so deep That in death if not in life they'll have peace while they sleep Their mark on this land is still seen and still laid The way for a commerce where vast fortunes were made The supply of an empire where the sun never set Which is now deep in darkness, but the railway's there yet Kris Drever and Anna Massie performing ‘Navigator’ at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Thursday 15th April 2010 Phil Gaston is an Irish songwriter, who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He moved to London in the 1970s and later moved back to Ireland. He was the manager for Shane MacGowan's first band, the Nips. The Pogues were an English or Anglo-Irish Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in Kings Cross, London in 1982. Philip Gaston, sometimes described as a Pogues ‘roadie’, wrote "Navigator" for the band. Kris Drever is a Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter, originally from Orkney, who came to prominence in 2006 with the release of his debut solo album Black Water which contained this song. His interpretation of the song has become popular in folk music circles. A portion of a remastered version can be heard using the audio player at the top of the page. It comes from Kris Drever’s double album Black Water & Live (Remastered Deluxe Edition) which is available from most reputable music sources. Well worth a listen! Recorded on : Also on : Rum Sodomy and the Lash, The Pogues, Warner (1985) Black Water, Kris Drever, Reveal Records (2006) Black Water & Live (Remastered Deluxe Edition), Kris Drever, Reveal Records (2012)
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