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Thread #66662 Message #2568087
Posted By: GUEST,MV
16-Feb-09 - 05:48 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Leaving of Liverpool
Subject: RE: Origins: Leaving of Liverpool
It's clear from the lyrics in the version most people know that the singer is a Liverpool based sailor and there's no connection to emigration.
The sailor has a fondness for parts of Liverpool that you wouldn't expect from someone recently arrived from Ireland before going on to America.
There doesn't seem to be any evidence to determine which came first Leaving Of Liverpool or Leaving Of Limerick. I consider this song a Liverpool sea shanty rather than an Irish folk song.
A lot of people seem to think this is an Irish folk song about emigration and this might have come about as a result of it being played by Irish folk groups and singers.