Did some poking around in the DT and forum archives in the past few days, since I've been considering adding "General Taylor" (click for lyrics) to my band's song list.
So, I discover, it looks like the chorus and much of the lyrics are from an older chantey (shantey, shanty, whatever) called "Stormalong" (click for lyrics).
Having just followed another thread re: the New Christy Minstrels' "Land of Giants", I remember this album from when I was a wee tot, and it also had a different song about Stormalong.
So now I'm intrigued. Who was this fella? I caught one reference to him as a "semi-lengendary" maritime figure. IT's been over 20 years since I heard the NCM song, and I can't remember what they had to say about him.
My curiosity burns to know more. Surely some of you chantey-singing folk-freaks out there can set my ppor young mind to ease?