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Thread #118178   Message #2555975
Posted By: GUEST,Mr Red
03-Feb-09 - 06:20 AM
Thread Name: Alcohol - PC correct songs
Subject: RE: Alcohol - PC correct songs
call me "one track mind" but shanties are all about double triple and if you can find it quadruple entendre.

"Hooray and up she rises" Hmmmmmmmm - is it a halyard raising reference? Apparently doubtful, but good enough for the PC Police. Is it a brewers droop? Not that obvious to me. Is it a phallic reference? Well strap me barnicles, I would never have thought that sailors devoid of female company for long periods would turn their minds to sex. So it must be all about financial investments - they can go up or down though.

I've said it many times - more than one meaning is not only intended, it is almost universal in shanties. The only question is do we, in the 21st century, have the references to tease out all the implications?
Cetainly in my songs double entendre can be intended and accidental, but a quadruple entendre in one rolling line, is carefully crafted.