The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90153 Message #1707888
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
31-Mar-06 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: Child-safe Sea Chanties
Subject: RE: Child-safe Sea Chanties
Stan Hugill used to point out that it was common practice to vary the words to avoid upsetting any listeners, for example lady passengers, or people on the dockside who might complain. Different sets of verses were sometimes used in port and out at sea for those kind of reasons. Shantymen were pretty sharp lads about things like that.