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Thread #81820   Message #1563940
Posted By: Lighter
14-Sep-05 - 09:55 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Roll, Alabama Roll (Chords)
Chico, you never told us where your version came from.

Colcord, _Songs of American Sailormen_ (1938) gives three stanzas only. Hugill, whose source told him in 1925 that she was the widow of a member of _Alabama's_ crew, offers nine. Doerflinger's shantyman, Dick Maitland, sang a version that was mostly improvised and unrhymed.

Does anyone know anything about the authenticity of Bill Bonyun's version ? He learned a number of shanties in the 1950s (?) from a former Anglo-American seaman named Garfield, I believe, but I don't know if "Roll Alabama, Roll" was one of them.

I don't know of any other "field collected" versions. Does anybody ?