Airship Manawatū

by Heavy Blarney

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The steampunk airship Manawatu rides the thermals, bringing good times to everybody in the form of cake, beer and rum. Traditional Celtic instruments (tin whistle, Irish tenor banjo) are backed by a powerhouse heavy rock rhythm section.

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We're lovers, not fighters, we're coming for you
Flying the airship Manawatū

On the quarterdeck stood our captain so fair
Strong and sure of purpose
we rose through the air and the ship breached the clouds
like a whale at the ocean's surface

We loosed from our mooring at the break of day
The wind was in the rigging
Down in the engine room where nobody could see
the stokers were quietly swigging

The gasbag lifted our jaunty ship, with twenty five souls all told
The brass fittings gleamed as we slid through the air
Treasure was piled in the hold

The ship had a cat, and a fine cat he was
name of Crotchety Dave
He caught any rats that were hiding in the hold
and kept our victuals safe

The First Mate was a woman of good cheer
Bold and strong and hearty
She'd recite the naughty bits from the Canterbury Tales
whenever she was at a party

The only weapons that our ship had aboard were cake and beer and rum
The skirling cry of the whistle so spry
and the beating of the drum

The lookout spied a settlement
The captain yelled and the order went
We swooped from the sky, and before they knew
The people were partying with the crew
of the Manawatū

We float through the sky in our airship so fine
Sharing our payload of fun
Spreading good cheer and an ocean of beer
Then flying off into the sun


released December 18, 2018
Written and performed by Bing Turkby, with Paul Turner on whistle.


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Heavy Blarney Palmerston North, New Zealand

Celtic rock from Te Papaioea (Palmerston North) Aotearoa (New Zealand).
New arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and songs, and original compositions in a similar style. Propelling proceedings into the swampy aether.

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