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Thread #160815 Message #3816517
Posted By: GUEST,Lanfranc sans cookie
25-Oct-16 - 05:45 PM
Thread Name: 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits
Subject: RE: 'Singing 'Shenandoah' for Brits
This Brit has always thought that Shenandoah is not a shanty but a forebitter, that is, a song sung below decks by off-duty seamen. I have also believed that it originated among the trappers and fur traders of 18th/19th century North America and was taken up by the sailors whose ships carried the furs onward to Europe.
I think it's a good story and a beautiful song in the right hands.