Swingin' in St. John's - Original Cast Recording

by Will Gillespie

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Original Cast recording of Will Gillespie's "Swingin' in St. John's" a stage adaptation of a fictional Elvis movie set in Newfoundland.

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released June 2, 2017

Album produced by Will Gillespie & Tim Nijenhuis.
Play produced by Will Gillespie & Susan Robinson.

Words & Music © 2017 William James Gillespie, SOCAN
Except * Traditional, Public Domain Arranged and Adapted by William James Gillespie.

Will Gillespie as Johnny King
Aramenta Sobchak as Annette
Sean Emberley as Old Salty
Leonard Cain as Rod Fisher
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Robyn Lightwalker as Squirt.

Will Gillespie - Guitars, Percussion & Ukulele
Tim Nijenhuis - Keyboards and Bass

Cover Illustration by Susan Robinson.

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Will Gillespie Hamilton, Ontario

Born & raised in South Porcupine, Ontario, Canada Will Gillespie is a one-of-a-kind genuine Singer-Songwriter who plays Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock: Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance,
Taking Folk-Rock from the Barn to the Ballroom.
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Track Name: Swingin' in St. John's
SWINGIN’ IN ST. JOHN’S

Johnny: Swingin in St. John’s - oh, yeah! -
Gonna follow the North Star - yeah, yeah! -
See what kind
of catch I get
with this here guitar
Swingin’ in St. John’s

Well, I really go goofy for a pretty, little Newfie
There’s a girl who I adore
over in Labrador
She knows what I’ve been waiting for
Swingin’ in st. John’s

I’m like a catfish out of water
like a king without a crown
gotta meet somebody’s daughter
in this new land I have found
Swingin’ in St. John’s

I’m going to take a Gander
kissing to my Heart’s Content
find a Newfoundlander
show her how my money’s spent
Swingin’ in St John’s

Swingin’ in St. John’s - oh, yeah! -
Gonna follow the Sun - yeah, yeah! -
Head down East
for some catch & release
Man, I’m going to have some fun
Swingin’ in St. John’s

Gonna go swimmin’ in a sea of women
Going to get my fill
try and pick up some signals
up on Signal Hill
Swingin’ in St. John’s

Swingin’ in St. John’s…
Swingin’ in St. John’s…
- Yeah, yeah! -
Track Name: Rockin' the Rock
ROCKIN’ THE ROCK

Johnny: Who says there’s no fun to be found in Newfoundland?
I bet he's never even been around the block.
I guess some people forget or just don’t understand
and they’re sure to be in for quite a shock
better sit up & listen. I'm gonna make it my mission
to be rock - rock - Rockin’ the Rock!

Squirt: How can they say there’s no fun to be found?
The signs are there just look at some of the names of our towns.
That alone should tell you how we all get around
Come By Chance, Conception Harbour, Heart’s Delight
Leading Tickles all the way to Paradise!
It’s where we’re rock - rock - Rockin’ the Rock!

Johnny: There’s a party in every kitchen
whiskey in a jar
squeeze-boxes and fiddles
where you’re getting your viddles
just think of where you are!

And we’re Rock-rock-Rockin’ the Rock
Don’t stop - Rock-Rockin’ the Rock
Til you drop - Rock-Rockin’ the Rock
and we’re Rock-rock-Rockin’ the Rock

They don’t know about it
still they’re trying to talk
and I’m Rock-rock-Rockin’ the Rock

Oh, yes I’m rockin’
Yes I’m Rockin’ the Rock!
Track Name: Make a Good Team
MAKE A GOOD TEAM

Rod: I think we’d make a good team
You and me against the world
I think we’d make a good team
I’ve never seen a better girl - in this region -

I can attest you’re the best in this city
- and I’ve checked - all the rest are just objects of pity
only good for one thing
we make a good team.

I think we’d make a good team
I’m the Captain, you’re the mate

Annette: Great.

Rod: Oh, yes, we make a good team
Let’s go ahead and set a date - some time next quarter -

Annette: Can’t wait.

Rod: Yes I have chosen you to be mine, so just sign here
It’s a merger, a partnership, right on the line here
Your life will be a dream
We make a good team.

(phone rings) (pulls out and tries to answer ring box, casually hands it to Annette, finds phone in other pocket)

Yada yada yada yeah…
Yada yada yada… Yes, I’m here.
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Yada yada yada… Nothing really…what is it?

Yada yada yada yada… No! Sell! Sell! That’s right. Do it.

- Where was I? Oh, yes. -

I even got a ring.
We make a good team.

(Rod exits)
Track Name: Good Enough For Me
GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME

Annette: There’s not as many fish in the sea
as there used to be, it seems.
Is there even such a thing
as a man of my dreams?

Is he good enough
for me to love?
Good enough for me.

Wading through this dating pool
it gets so very shallow.
The gene pool, too. What can i do?
I wonder if this fellow

Is good enough
for me to love…
Good enough for me.

It’s not like I have forever.
I’m as young as i will ever be.
Don’t know what I’m waiting for…
Will it get better eventually?

(Spoken) - Doubt ‘er, Chowder. -

There’s not a lot of fish in the sea…
Track Name: Get Screeched In
GET SCREECHED IN

Old Salty: Ya wanna be a Newfoundlander
Ya gotta get Screeched in.
Ya can’t do it with whiskey or rye
Ya can’t do it with gin

What ya need id the local drop
It’s the only way to begin
take a shot and kiss the cod
and get Screeched in!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
It’s what the doctor ordered, me son
Take your medicine!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
Take a shot and kiss the cod
and get Screeched in!

Sing along with Bob & the Buoys
Pick your poison, plenty of choice
But first you gotta kiss the cod
and get Screeched in!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
You just had a spill. If you get a chill
take your medicine!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
You had a close shave, if you are brave
put this one over your chin!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
It’s what the doctor ordered, me Son!
Take your medicine!

Get Screeched in! Get Screeched in!
Take a shot and kiss the cod
and get Screeched in!
Track Name: Screech to a Halt
SCREECH TO A HALT

Johnny: Well, if I survived the ocean
I can imbibe your Gypsy potion
Might give me the notion
it’s your fault

I better Screech - to a halt
I better stop on a dime
I better Screech - to a halt
and take my time.

If I start seeing double
I might get myself in trouble
I hate to burst your bubble
Mr. Salt

I better Screech - to a halt
I better slow right down
I better Screech to a halt
before I go down.

I’ve had Kentucky moonshine in my day
Tennessee Whiskey and Tequila Agave
But when i shoot this Newfie brew
I don’t know who I’m talking to
I better Screech - to a halt right away.

Now the spirit’s moving through me
What’s this concoction doing to me
It’s gonna take me, shake me, make me
summersault

I better Screech - to a halt
I better stop for a bit
I better Screech - to a halt
I’m done with it.

I better Screech - to a halt
I better stop on a dime
I’d better Screech - to a halt
and take my time.
Track Name: Do the Lobster
DO THE LOBSTER

Annette: Put your claws up just like this
snap ‘em up and down
move your head from side to side
shake your tail around

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
It’s such a cinch
when you’re in a pinch
Do the Lobster!

It’s our special every night
Just hear those people talk
When we cook it up just right
They line up around the block to

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
When it’s time for dinner
You’re sitting on a winner
with the Lobster.

It’s not jig’s dinner, fish and brews
or flipper pie they can’t refuse
I’ll tell you why it’s the dish they choose
Give it a try, you just can’t lose

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
It’s a fancy dish
that is so delicious
Do the Lobster!

Real sweet meat, a tasty treat
that can’t be beat all along George Street
Try it once and you’ll be hooked
Our restaurant is always booked to

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
If you can’t decide
have it steamed or fried
Do the Lobster!

Johnny: I think I just found my favourite dish
I might have to come back here every night
This is one meal I will not forget
Yes, Annette you whet my appetite.

I don’t have to take the test
I know why all the guys come here to eat

Squirt: Here’s a bib so you don’t make a mess

Johnny: What I want is clear to me

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
It’s such a cinch
when you’re in a pinch
Do the Lobster

Annette: You butter me up. I’m turning red.

Johnny: Trying to get you out of your shell

Annette: You’re in some hot water now, might be in over your head

Johnny: Guess I might as well

Do the Lobster! Do the Lobster!
It’s the creeping crustacean
that’s sweeping the nation
do the Lobster!
Track Name: Stuck on Annette
STUCK ON ANNETTE

Johnny: I’m stuck on Annette
I used to be free
I used to think
there were so many
fish in the sea.

But now I got caught
and I can’t forget
the one that got away
I’m stuck on Annette.

I’m stuck on Annette
I can’t get away
I can’t escape
I’m not going to stray

cause now I’m in love
and I would regret
missing my chance
I’m stuck on Annette.

I used to sail through life
so free and proud
just treading water
now I’m run aground.

She was the siren
who pulled me ashore
I’m stuck on Annette
I won’t stray anymore.

She was the siren
who pulled me ashore
I’m stuck on Annette
I won’t stray anymore.
Track Name: When Will My Ship Come In
WHEN WILL MY SHIP COME IN

Squirt: When will my ship come in?
I don’t even know where to begin.
I’ve fallen so many times
No one seems to notice I’m a girl.

They think I’m just a little squirt
They just don’t know how much it hurts.
When will my ship come in?

When will my ship come in?
I have to hide my tears and try to wear a grin
while everyone is pairing off but me
and I’m still trying to be a friend.

They think I’m just a tomboy
satisfied to go play with her toys.
When will my ship come in?

When is it going to be my turn?
What do I have to do to make him learn?
I am just as good as her
and just like her I also deserve Love.

I’ve been standing on this shore
and I can’t stand it anymore.
When will my ship come in?

I don’t need a dreamboat.
I just need someone.
I want to know I’m good for more
than just a little fun.

I’ve been standing on this shore
and I can’t stand it anymore.
When will my ship come in?
Track Name: Goofy Newfie
GOOFY NEWFIE

Rod: Did you hear the one about the Goofy Newfie?
Might not be the brightest lighthouse on the beach
Not quite the sharpest hook in the tackle box
perhaps there’s a lesson that he can teach.

Patty Murphy went out swimming,
trying to cross the lake alone
When he got about twenty feet from the shoreline
didn’t think he could make it
so he swam back home.

Ronny Doyle went to an audition
thought he could dance on TV and he would make it big
the judge asked him why he brought his fishing boat with him
he told them "how else will they see my jig?"

Did you hear the one about the Goofy Newfie?
Might not be the brightest lighthouse on the beach
Not quite the sharpest hook in the tackle box
perhaps there’s a lesson that he can teach.

Bobby O’Connor went out walking
when he came up to a clear glass wall
spent half the day just trying to climb it
to see what’s behind it cause it’s too tall.

All these fellows had one thing in common
They were trying to reach the stars
When they fall flat on their faces
They’re still happy where they are.

Did you hear the one about the Goofy Newfie?
Though his ambitions remain out of reach
He may never win, but he keeps on grinning
with a headful of dreams and a belly full of Screech
with a head full of dreams and a bellyful of Screech.
Track Name: Lukey's Boat *
LUKEY”S BOAT


Johnny: Oh, Lukey’s boat is painted green - Uh huh Me boys!
Lukey’s boat is painted green.
It’s the prettiest boat you’ve ever seen.
Uh huh, me boys, a riddle i day.

Old Salty: Lukey’s boat got a fine fore cutty
and every seam is chinked with putty.

Johnny: Lukey’s boat got high-stopped sails
and she was placed with copper nails

Old Salty: “I think” says Lukey “i’ll make her bigger
“Load her down with a one-claw jigger”

Annette: “Now” says Lukey “get aboard ye grub
“one plot pea in a ten pound tub”

Squirt: Lukey he looked round and round
said “ me wife is dead, for the blinds are down”

Rod: “Waho” says Lukey “I don’t care
I’ll get me another in the Spring of the year”
Track Name: Esther in a Sou-Wester
ESTHER IN A SOU-WESTER

Squirt: Esther in a Sou-wester
‘cause it’s getting wet
All the boys want to pester
they get caught in her fishnets

She’s like a habit that you can’t break
You’ve got to have it, for Heaven’s sake
She’s the ocean, you’re used to a lake
She’s gonna rock your boat apart
and break your little heart.

Esther in a Sou-Wester
the wind’s gonna blow
Try as you might, you won’t impress her
‘cause every night she’s the star of the show

You’d better bring a life-preserver
poor little thing, you don’t deserve her
just let her in and you live to serve her
She’ll rock your boat apart
and break your little heart.

Esther in a Sou-wester
just wearing a smile
She’ll do what you suggest her
She’ll make it worth your while.

When she slips out of her slicker
it’s going to hit you like a shot of liquor
You’ll fall for her hook, line and sinker
She’ll rock your boat apart
and break your little heart.

Esther comes to those who wait
You know you won’t be her first mate
but if you just take the bait
you might get to come on board
if she lets you.

Esther in a Sou’Wester
‘cause it’s getting wet
all the buoys try to pester
they get caught
in her fishnets.
Track Name: Catch & Release
CATCH AND RELEASE

Annette: There’s not a lot of fish in the sea
and I found quite a catch
It wasn’t meant to be
I have to throw him back

Although he’s good enough
for me to Love
Just catch and release.

It does me no good
to be so good
I wish that I was badder

If I could be his I would
It doesn’t even matter

that he’s good enough
for me to Love
catch and release.

I guess I’m going to be married
to a rich man
that’s okay
I don’t even know if I
could convince my catch to stay

There’s not a lot of fish in the sea…
Track Name: Fine Kind of Dog
FINE KIND OF DOG

Old Salty: A Newfoundlander’s a fine kind of dog
And I’ll tell you why she is my kind of dog
She’s big as a bear, but she swims like a fish
A friend to the end who is there when you wish
All you have to do is call…Here girl!
A Newfoundlander’s the greatest of them all!

A Newfoundlander’s a wonderful breed
Always ready to help out when you are in need
She’ll jump in the water if you start to drown,
Hitch up a sled, she can take you to town
She pulls her own weight…Good girl!
That’s why Newfoundlanders are so great!

(Old Salty & Johnny dance off stage during solo. Rod enters.)

Rod: A Newfoundlander’s a favourite of mine.
You can ignore her for days at a time.
She will fetch and carry
Just feed her and pet her
She’ll follow you everywhere, do what you tell her to
Although she may drool…
You’ll never ‘have to pay for her to go to school!

And I got me a pure-bred
Who will follow where she’s led
I got me a pure-bred,
in-bred
pet Newfoundlander
…and a Labrador on the side! Ha! Ha!
Track Name: Whatever Floats Your Boat
WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT

Rod: I can call you my chum cause I’m a shark
I’m the king of this town.
I’ve got a sinking feeling
That ol’ Johnny-Boy’s going down.

Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
I’ll put a stop to that right now.

Johnny: Isn’t she a beauty?
Shining like brand-new…
We got her all fixed up now
I think we just might pull through

Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
Is what you’ve got to do.

Rod: I will be the champion
That I was born to be.
You will learn
How it works around here
No one wins but me!

Squirt: I’m ready, willing and able
Whatever floats your boat
It’s all on the table!

(CHORUS: x2) Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
Whatever floats your boat
Is what we’re going to do. (2 – “is what you’ve got to do”)
Track Name: Go Johnny Go
BIG BOAT RACE / GO JOHNNY GO

Old Salty: On your marks… Get set…

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: And they’re off!

Chorus: Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Hey, just wait! There’s number 8!
He’s taken the lead right out of the gate!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: They’re past the turn, Rod’s in the lead
But ol’ Johnny Boy is picking up speed.

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Ooh! Number 3’s a sunken wreck
but Rod and Johnny are neck and neck!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Something’s wrong! His engine’s dead!
And now old Rod has pulled ahead!

Chorus: Oh no! Johnny No Johnny No Johnny No
Johnny No Johnny No Johnny No Johnny No!

Old Salty: I think ee’s got ‘er started now
with clouds of smoke coming from the bow.

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: It sputters and putters and stutters and shudders
Still Johnny pulls out in front of de yudders!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Now ee’s back! They’re nose to nose!
Anything goes here nobody knows!

Chorus: Buddy knows but he knows buddy nobody knows
but he knows buddy knows buddy nobody knows!

Old Salty: The pace is great. A mighty fast clip.
Poor number 8 is out. He flipped!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Now that Johnny’s caught right up.
This could be his chance to win the cup!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Now they’re at the finish line…
It’s Johnny King for the win this time!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: He’s broken Rod’s big 5-year streak!
And did it all in a boat that leaks!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go
Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!

Old Salty: Johnny King brings home the cup.
Looks like Rod’s all wet and all washed up!

Chorus: Go Johnny Go Johnny Go Johnny Go!
Track Name: Swingin in St. John's - Reprise
SWINGIN’ IN ST. JOHN’S - (REPRISE) -


Johnny: I’m Swingin’ in St. John’s - Oh, yeah! -
I’m on my way - Yeah yeah! -
Got a whole lotta livin’
Lotta lovin’ to do
might as well start today
Swingin’ in St. John’s…

Well I really went goofy
for a pretty little Newfie
I got stuck on Annette
I know I had me a really great time
she won’t let me forget
Swingin’ in St. John’s.

Swingin’ in St. John’s - Oh, yeah! -
Gonna follow the North Star -Yeah yeah! -
See what kind of catch I get
With this here guitar
Swingin’ in St. John’s

Swingin’ in St. John’s… -Yeah ya! -
Track Name: I's the B'y*
I’S THE B’Y

Johnny: I’s the b’y that builds the boat
and I’s the b’y that sails her
I’s the b’y that catches the fish
and takes ‘em home to Liza

CHORUS:
Hip! - Yer partner Sally Thibeault
Hip! - Yer partner Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton’s Harbour
all around the circle

Sods and rinds to cover your flake
Cake and tea for supper
Codfish in the Spring o’ the year
fried in maggoty butter!

I don’t want your maggoty fish
That’s no good for Winter
I could buy as good as that
down in Bonavista

I took Liza to a dance
i’faith, but she could travel!
and every step that she did take
was up to her knees in gravel.

Susan White, she’s out of sight
her petticoat wants a border
Old Sam Oliver in the dark
he kissed her in the corner.