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According to Robert Sandallthe best version of the song is the one recorded and released as a single by English singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt in August a few months after the Falklands War, Shipbuilding - Various - Help it was not a hit until it was re-released eight months later on the first anniversary of the conflict.
In SeptemberElvis Costello and the Roots released an answer song written in the perspective of the other side of the conflict, called "Cinco Minutos con Vos" "Five Minutes with You".
The song is a duet partly sung in Argentinian Spanish by La Marisoul. According to Clive Langerhe had written the tune for Robert Wyatt but was not happy with the lyrics that he had written himself.
Langer played the White Canvas - a-ha - Lifelines / Hunting High And Low to Elvis Costello at a party hosted by Nick Loweand within days Costello had produced what he described as "the best lyrics I've ever written". At first Robert Wyatt wasn't involved. The original plan was to release four different versions of the song, which was then called 'Ten to Nine', as an EP with four different guest vocalists.
There were going to be versions of the song by Elvis, Clive and Steve Allen [Langer's former bandmate in the s group Deaf School ], but once Elvis had done some more work on the lyrics and changed the song to 'Shipbuilding', Excitement - Dimitri Tiomkin - Rio Bravo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) decided to approach Robert Wyatt and his version was so special that it came out as a straight single.
Wyatt himself recalled, "Geoff Travis, head of Rough Trade Records sent me a cassette saying this is a pretty good song, you ought to sing it. So I tried it out and it sounded good. The musical setting was nothing to do with me. Elvis had already recorded Baila Mi Ritmo - Various - Bravo Hits 33 vocal for it — very good vocal — and it was going to come out in the same form with him singing on it.
I went in and did a vocal in a couple of hours with Mr. Costello producing, and that was it I had no expectations of it at all. All I thought about was singing it in tune!
The Robert Wyatt version was originally released as a single on Rough Trade on 20 August but failed to chart.
The single was released in five different sleeves, all featuring sections from two of Stanley Spencer 's series of eight panels entitled Shipbuilding on the Clyde which were painted in the s. The single Shipbuilding - Various - Help acclaimed by the music press, with the NME writers voting it their third Shipbuilding - Various - Help song of Costello recorded his own version of the song for his album Punch the Clockfeaturing a performance by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
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