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Thread #23468   Message #260759
Posted By: radriano
19-Jul-00 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Bold Benjamin
Subject: The Bold Benjamin
There are several old threads mentioning this song but none of them had the information I was looking for.

I have heard references to The Bold Benjamin as a shanty. Anyone know what kind of a shanty it was used as? Halyards, pumping, capstan, etc.? Except for the "oh, me boy, oh" at the end of the first line of each verse there is no clear chorus. The last line of each verse changes but I suppose if the song were well known the last line could easily be a chorus. Also, the second line of each verse is a repeat of the first line and that could be considered a chorus line as well.

Regards to all,