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Thread #90128   Message #1705573
Posted By: Dave Wynn
29-Mar-06 - 08:57 AM
Thread Name: happy? - Mar 29 (Blood Red Roses)
Subject: RE: happy? - Mar 29 (Blood Red Roses)
I think perhaps that this shanty refers to the redcoat soldiers en route to France (and elswhere) during the napoleonic wars. It was reputedly sung at the redcoats rather than to them becuase they were a nuisance on deck, thorwing up and generally getting in the sailors way. "Go down" refered to below decks and "blood red roses" to their uniform.

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