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Thread #68002   Message #1141634
Posted By: Charley Noble
20-Mar-04 - 08:59 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Hell's Pavement (John Masefield sea poem)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hell's Pavement (Masefield sea poem)

My mother suggested the change from 3rd person to 1st person and I think it works better.

I'm not exactly sure what "copper-bound" means, other than "formal." There probably is a better slang term for a "shipping clerk," the fella that pays the crew off. Somewhere in Hugill or C. Fox Smith, I'm sure a better word will surface. Meanwhile I'm still trying to figure out from what I channeled the tune; the 1st line resembles the melody to "The Kelligrews Soiree" but then it departs for the 2nd line. The structure is AABA for the verses and BA for the chorus, if that makes any sense.

Maybe I'll pass it on to Tom Lewis when he's at the Chocolate Church in Bath next Thursday, or Anglo if you're interested.

Charley Noble