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Thread #77777   Message #1390774
Posted By: Lighter
27-Jan-05 - 09:06 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Cruel Ship's Captain (Broadside?)
You might think "a-navyin'" has to refer to the navy, but who knows? Greenland whaling, I think, was pretty much played out by 1800, so if this isn't one of Lloyd's own great touches, any 19th C. person could be forgiven for thinking that a naval vessel was involved.

I think the version Lloyd recorded on Riverside's "There She Blows!" a few years earlier had an extra verse and a different word or two.

A version of Lloyd's song also appears in one of the small EFDSS books published in the middle '60s. Will check which one.

"Captain Glen" and "The New York Trader" resemble each other, but neither is a version of Lloyd's song.