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Thread #30863   Message #1054593
Posted By: Charley Noble
16-Nov-03 - 05:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yangtze River...? / Yangtse River Shanty
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hey, where is that 'Yangtze River' s
Glad to see folks are having fun with this song!

"The sweetest flower my Yangtze honey

My own good gal she spend my money."

Is actually one of Hamish's original verses that I dropped that John salvaged. It's worth a look at the original verses. It's a shame that the tunes of his sailor's folk opera, SAILOR WITH BANJO, have not surfaced. I've been in correspondence with one of his namesake nephews who has been trying to track down his trunk of writings, which probably someone threw out as a last attempt to tidy up the memory of the family black sheep.

My own version of this song is probably a 50% rewrite, and the verse tune is based on "Jenny's Gone to Ohio" and the chorus tune on "Congo River."

Now back to vacation time in lovely Port Douglas!

Charley Noble, aka Roll & Go-C