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Sammy's Bar
Cyril Tawney Lyrics

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Matt Shortridge

Classic song. Are there earlier recordings of this?

Neil Hough

The Di-so is a dgħajsa tal-pass, the Maltese gondola-like water taxi.

Christopher Whittaker

Cyril Tawney wrote this song, it refers to his time serving in Malta with the Navy.
'Call away the Dyso' is a reference to the 'Dghajsa' a horse drawn taxi, 'Paula Square' is in ''Valetta', 'Inetuffeya bay' is 'Ghaja Tuffheja Bay' tourist know it as 'Golden Bay'
I served in Malta 1963 to 1965 brings back memories, I bought the sheet music years, still sing it in folk clubs.


There's a nice version on The New Golden Ring's album Five Days Singing.


From the fascinating entry at --

Cyril Tawney sang The Last Boat's A-Leaving in a recording made by Peter Kennedy at Cecil Sharp House, London, on the 1960 HMV album Rocket Along: New Ballads on Old Lines. He recorded it again in 1966 as The Ballad of Sammy's Bar for the Elektra album A Cold Wind Blows, in 1972 for his Argo LP In Port. It is also on his Neptune cassette Sally Free and Easy (1989, reissued in 2003 on his Ada CD Navy Cuts). He also sang Sammy's Bar live at the Holsteins folk club in Chicago on 31 May 1981. This concert was published in 2007 on his CD Live at Holsteins.

Frederick Sammut

Very nice

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