The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4257   Message #22935
Posted By: Jon W.
04-Mar-98 - 10:31 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: RE: Song info:
Curious - I know the song is considered a sea shanty - my one recording of it is from "Sailing and Whaling Songs" by Paul Clayton. However, the theme doesn't seem very nautical to me (the courtship of a white trader and an (American) Indian chief's daughter around the Missouri River). What evidence is there that it originated as a sea shanty and not, say, an American frontier song?