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Thread #160815   Message #3815848
Posted By: Lighter
21-Oct-16 - 10:42 AM
Thread Name: 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits
Subject: RE: 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits
The collector Richard Runciman Terry wrote that "English seamen usually pronounced it 'Shannandore.'" (I.e., "Shannandaw.")

"Shannadaw" must also have been sung, since one printed version is called "Oceanida."   

Either way the "r" might or might not have appeared before a vowel like "I."

The usual U.S. pronunciation of the valley, river, county, and town is "Shen-an-do-ah."

But that's a poorer fit for the meter in any case.