26th July 2020

26th July 2020

I hadn't written a new song for a couple of weeks which is about my longest barren spell since I started recording the Torquay Pageant songs. I think it is partly due to work which is a bit tedious and complicated at the moment. Also with the new albums nearing completion I have been spending lots of time trying to deal with all the things that need to be done for a new release. I have had a couple of ideas in my head that I wanted to write a song about but I couldn't seem to find the spare time or inspiration to sit down and write some lyrics. Also whenever I have picked up the guitar over the last few weeks I haven't found any new melody ideas, although I must admit I hadn't tried very hard. Anyway last night I had some spare time to kill while I was trying to send a file of mp3's to Phil Swann. I tried several different methods to send the file which meant that I spent lots of time waiting for the file to be uploaded which until about the third attempt had been unsuccessful. During this time, waiting for the computer to do something, I started to write some new lyrics and I think I have got the composition of the a new song pretty much finished.

When I started writing songs about Torbay I made a list of as many things that I could think of that might be good ideas for songs. Something about the Spanish barn at Torre Abbey was one of those and there is a good account of the Nuestra Senora del Rosario in a book I have just finished reading about Torre Abbey which I referred to so that I could write the lyrics.


The Armada was sighted from St Michaels Mount

Then out of Plymouth the English ships sailed out

Commanded by Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake

The odds were stacked against them with so much at stake


During the first skirmishes in late July

Two Spanish ships would disastrously collide

One lost two sails and was crippled in the sea

And from Sir Francis Drake that vessel could not flee


Captain Whiddon on the Roebuck into Torbay to tow

The Nuestra Senora Del Rosario


Drake hoped that he could loot the stricken vessel

With the ship at his mercy he was so successful

The Spanish surrendered their gold coins and their swords

Drake taking fifty nobles so history records


Captain Whiddon on the Roebuck into Torbay to tow

The Nuestra Senora Del Rosario


From the Revenge Don Pedro saw the campaign

The cunning English sailors against the might of Spain

At Calais the fireships burning so bright

The Armada in disarray for a him a painful sight


Captain Whiddon on the Roebuck into Torbay to tow

The Nuestra Senora Del Rosario


Our lady of the rosary a flagship of the sea

Don Pedro her captain for a ransom would be free


Back in Torbay the Rosario remained

And the hopes of the Spanish crew would surely be in vain

For they were held as prisoners in Torre Abbey's barn

For the history of Torquay this is such a thrilling yarn


Captain Whiddon on the Roebuck into Torbay to tow

The Nuestra Senora Del Rosario

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