Got Pulled From The Dock

‘Ginger Faye’ is a song by Eddie from Ohio an American folk band on their Actually Not album that was written by Michael R Clem.  They formed in 1991 in Northern Virginia, the band has achieved considerable local success, winning four Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards that recognizes and celebrates D.C. area artists and musicians for their artistic works) and a nationwide following, all outside the scope of influence of any major record labels.  The quartet was composed of Eddie Hartness (percussion and vocals), Julie Murphy (vocals), Mike Clem (guitar, bass, harp and vocals) and Robbie Schaefer (guitar and vocals).  They came together in northern Virginia when longtime friends Schaefer and Clem decided to form an acoustic rock trio with Murphy, a mutual friend from high school choir.  Hartness was recruited soon after the group’s formation to add percussion.  They got the name Eddie from Ohio from Hartness, whose girlfriend started calling him “Eddie from Ohio” after Charles Edward Crawford, known as ed fROMOHIO, an American best known as the lead singer and guitarist for Firehose.

The 1993 song ‘Ginger Faye’ is loosely based on a tragic event that happened in Australia six years earlier.  Ginger Faye Meadows, a 24 year old part time actress from Snowmass Village, Colorado decided to take a holiday in Australia because she became fascinated with the land down under after seeing the movie Crocodile Dundee and also to get away from her marriage that had gone sour.  Ginger took a ride on the Lady G, a luxury cruiser that was heading to a majestic waterfall known as Kings Cascade.  On board was the Captain, Bruce Fitzpatrick; the chef, Jane Burchett; engineer Steve Hilton and Madeleine Janes, the stewardess.  On Sunday March 29, 1987 they anchored near the mouth of Prince Regent River on the north coast of the Kimberley about 250 kilometers NE of Derby.  This river is known for its magnificent freshwater waterfall and its large population of saltwater crocodiles.

They all went up-river in a smaller boat to explore the region.  They found the waterfall, which is a photographers dream because of the spectacular multi-tiered series of falls with water cascading down like icing on a massive wedding cake.  Completing the picture was an idyllic tidal pool renewed by refreshing spring water all year round.  Bruce Fitzpatrick brought the boat right up to the falls and the four aboard all climbed out onto the ledge and started to explore.  Then Bruce took the boat up-river where he stayed and took some photos, looking back at the group against the cliff.  He then came back, tied the boat up at the base of the waterfall and began to climb the 30 meter cliff face.  Ginger Meadows and Jane Burchett had just started to climb the cliff when Ginger realized that she had forgotten her camera, so they went back to the boat to get it.  After retrieving the camera, the two women swam back across the pool towards the rock ledge.  Bruce was about halfway up the cliff, looking down when he saw them in the water, but he also saw a three-four meter crocodile swimming towards them.

He shouted a warning and yelled out for Steve to get the boat and get the women out.  The ladies started screaming, and they scurried out of the water up onto the ledge under the waterfall standing in waist-deep water.  It was a nightmare scenario, as a crocodile was coming towards them and a sheer rock face behind them blocked their movement.  They were trapped between a hard place and a crocodile.  When the crocodile was about five meters away, Jane tried to scare it off by throwing a shoe at it.  The shoe hit the crocodile on the head which made it stop, but it looked at them, and then it submerged.  Jane Burchett revealed her horror as the crocodile’s jaws widened in front of the two women.  Ginger panicked and dove into the water, trying to reach safety on the bank 25 meters away.  Ginger let go of Jane Burchett’s arm, jumped off the ledge, she only made it a couple of meters taking just two strokes when the crocodile lunged at her, grabbing her by the hips and it dragged her down below the surface.  It brought her up to the surface three times, the final time, she was lifeless.  Bruce Fitzpatrick watched in horror as the reptile ate her alive.  A small boat carrying remains of the Colorado model was attacked by another crocodile that lunged 4 feet out of the water and snapped at the body bag, of Ginger Faye Meadows.  Her estranged husband, Dwayne McCaulley, arrived in Broome to identify the remains of Ginger Faye after the grisly crocodile killing.

OK to get to the ‘Ginger Faye’ song, you have to click on those three bars on the top left of the video and scroll down to song 56.  ‘Old Dominion’ is song number 1.

this here’s the story ‘bout ginger faye
packed her blush and made her way
from uva the story of ginger faye
pretty as a picture tall as a man
firepole-thin with a sunbed tan
if anyone can make it down there
she can
a half a world away…
the story of ginger faye

the broken dreams of ginger faye
her finger sports a rock
one that couldn’t be digest
in the belly of a croc
the broken dreams of ginger faye
an unknown jewel of the usa
right before she could say “g’day” she
got pulled from the dock
in the jaws of a croc

this here’s the story
‘bout you know who
sat ‘neath a log
in the bottom of a swamp
for a day or two without a thing to do
took a trip on a roll of death
put up a fight ‘til out of breath
no fine in nature for body theft
maybe time in a sidney zoo…
what…

this here’s the story
‘bout you know who
sat ‘neath a log
in the bottom of a swamp
for a day or two without a thing to do
took a trip on a roll of death
put up a fight ‘til out of breath
no fine in nature for body theft
maybe time in a sidney zoo…
what else you gonna do

you know now to never prompt attack
we fetched you once
but he came to claim you back

now there’s a legend called ginger faye
took her name and opened a bar down
queensland way called ginger faye
what’s a poor young yank to do
when they blow her tune
on a didgeridoo
the one’s in the dark are very few
about the legend of ginger faye
half a world away

you know now to never prompt attack
we fetched you once
but he came to claim you back

7 thoughts on “Got Pulled From The Dock

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s