The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4257   Message #24221
Posted By: Txon
20-Mar-98 - 07:35 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Shenandoah
Subject: RE: Song info:
As usual, you guys are fantastically generous with your help on this. Ya'll are what make the Internet great. Well, ya'll and the binarie groups. :)

Barry, I absolutely agree that going further in a search for Shenadoah as a shanty, beyond what has been done, is futile. My idea of Sheenydore, Ireland needs to be lost at sea. It was a shantie and, to a certain degree in the case of this song, a shanty is a shanty, w/no "original version" one could accurately believe in w/o the help of a time travel machine.

I would guess I need to head onto land w/this now.

Tracking down the earliest printed versions of the song may help see where it "goes West". Any idea on archives like that?