Songs

There are a bunch of songs we are bound to break into from time to time. Some of them are club songs written by club members, and some of them are popular songs well worth the singing. Learn em all for great times hiking, canyoning, climbing and road trippin!

Song List:

  • Ode to the Ice Screw
  • The Wild Rover
  • Lost My Friends
  • The Canyoner
  • The Rock Climber
  • Point Perpendicular

 

Ode to the Ice Screw

Ice screw, O, ice screw
How my pumped arms long for you
I twist your teeth deep in the freeze
Strain relieved from my trembling knees
That shiny shaft of steel
My saviour of silver hue

Ice screw, ohh, ice screw
You protect my nerves, big falls bad news
Thin ice, fat ice, with all sizes I choose
The screw that suits the ice I use

Ice screw, Oh, ice screw
So far below, power now reduced
The rope is run, the pitch is done
I screw one screw
But in view of my partner's safety due
I screw two

Ice screw, O, ice screw!
Redundancy full, an anchor so brute,
Now my partner approaches the crux of the route
Ice cracks, he plunges, but the ice screws hold true.

Ice screw, oh, ice screw
Your trust is proven, I believe in you
I haul my second over steep icy lip
Solely reliant your threads do not rip

Ice screw, o, ice screw
Your value is worth the price I paid for you
Our lives hang through you
A silver tube in ice so blue
That cam nor hex nor nut nor snarg nor piton hold Strong like you do

Ice screw, Oooh, ice screw
Though I bail this route I must not lose you
With longest screw I insert two tubes
That join as one, for a v-thread costs few

ICE SCREW OOOH ICE SCREW!
TO CLIMB GIANT FACES ON ALPINE PEAKS HUGE
I SIMPLY CANNOT ASCEND WITHOUT MY TOOLS!
THE SIMPLE, HUMBLE, FAITHFUL ICE SCREW...

 

The Wild Rover
(
The song many of our songs are based on!)

I've been a wild rover for many's the year
I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

I went in to an alehouse I used to frequent
And I told the landlady me money was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Such a customer as you I can have any day

And it's No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

I took up from my pocket, ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She says "I have whiskeys and wines of the best
And the words that you told me were only in jest"

And it's No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And, when they've caressed me as oft times before
I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Irish Folk Song

 

Lost my Friends

And as I climbed I lost my friends
and my nuts were way too small.
I had to run it out until a piece,
it was luck that I didn't fall

By Sean Villaneuva O'Driscoll
Sung at the end of Vertical Sailing Ep 2:

The Canyoner
(To the air of The Wild Rover)

I've been a canyoner for many a year,
And I've spent all me money on canyoning gear.
I want to go home cause I'm freezing cold,
And I swear I'll be a canyoner no more

And it’s no, nay, never,
(COIL UP YOUR ROPES!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a canyoner?
No never, no more.

I went to a canyon I used to frequent,
Swear it used to be dry but by God it was wet.
I asked could we leave it but my friend he said nay,
Said 'you are the canyoner, we'll go anyway’

And it’s no, nay, never,
(GO ON AND JUMP!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a canyoner?
No never, no more.

So there we were, with no wetsuits,
There were swims and some jumps and a waterfall to boot.
We climbed on down to set up a rappel,
The water was rushing, the descent was hell.

And it’s no, nay, never,
(TEST THE PULL DOWN!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a canyoner?
No never, no more.

So I trusted my life, to my canyoning friend,
But he forgot to tie a knot in the end.
So I abseiled down and off the end of the rope,
Straight into deep water, thanks be to the Pope.

And it’s no, nay, never,
(END KNOT YOUR ROPE!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a canyoner?
No never, no more.

The day had been long, night was starting to fall,
when we came to the top of a big waterfall,
There was no way back, too rough to go on,
so we set up camp and awaited the sun

And it’s no, nay, never,
(CALL IN THE CHOPPER!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a canyoner?
No never, no more.

By Brendan, Katie & Phil

 

THE ROCK CLIMBER
(To the air of The Wild Rover)

I’ve been a rock climber for many a year,
and I’ve spent all me money on rock climbing gear.
Now I’m coming home cause I’ve got rope burn,
and I swear I’ll be a rock climber no more.

And it’s no, nay, never,
(COIL UP YOUR ROPES!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a rock climber?
No never, no more.

I went to a crag I used to frequent,
I told my belayer, my energy was spent.
I asked could he lead it, he answered me “nay!”
said “you are the rock climber, I only belay.”

And it’s no, nay, never,
(JANGLE YOUR NUTS!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a rock climber?
No never, no more.

So I took a big friend, from my climbing rack,
I said I’d stick it in the off width crack.
I climbed on up, but I started to to peel,
the hard ground beneath me, was all I could feel.

And it’s no, nay, never,
(PLAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS!)
No nay never, no more.
Will I be a rock climber?
No never, no more.

Now as I lie here, with my broken leg,
I know I should have banged in a peg.
And all I can do now is talk on and on,
about the day I climbed the Grepon

And it’s no, nay, never,
(FINGER THAT CRACK!)
No nay never, no more.
Will i be a rock climber?
No never, no more.

By UCD Mountaineering Club

 

POINT PERPENDICULAR
(To the air of Land Down Under)

Travellin’ in a beast Defender
On the highway to Point Perpendicular
We met Frek, he was from Hollandia
He was a freak, he'd well outclimb ya!

And he said:
You go to Point Perpendicular?
Where women crush and men plunge-ah.
You rap in, the waves crash under ya,
You better jam, better love that exposure

Buyin bread from a man in Berry,
He was 6 foot 5 and very Scary.
I said is there any sport down the track?
He just smiled and gave me a trad rack

We go to Point Perpendicular,
Where women crush and men plunge-ah.
You rap in, the waves crash under ya,
You better jam, better love that exposure

We got to the point, could hear Thor’s hammer,
Why’d we then go to Windjammer?
The heavens opened, the waves were crashing
I started the crack, hands, feet jamming

We go to Point Perpendicular,
Where women crush and men plunge-ah.
You rap in, the waves crash under ya,
You better jam, better love that exposure

I pulled a block, I fell pell-mell
It just missed my friend, grazed her helmet.
We topped out, called it a day,
Decided to go swimming, at honeymoon bay

We go to Point Perpendicular,
Where women crush and men plunge-ah.
You rap in, the waves crash under ya,
You better jam, better love that exposure

By Brendan, Rene, Niels & Vicky