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Thread #123746 Message #2727487
Posted By: Artful Codger
20-Sep-09 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: British Man of War
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: British Man of War
Sung by Peter Bellamy on his eponymous LP (1975) in a somewhat different version; reissued in the double CD compilation Fair Annie (original FA LP 1979). He also included it in The Maritime English Suite (1982; private issue cassette). Sadly, Reinhard Zierke doesn't provide a transcription of this song in his Bellamy web pages (and I'm too lazy).
From the Peter Bellamy liner notes:
In the early 1840s Britain was engaged in the shameful "Opium Wars" with China and it seems probable that this song dates from that time. This particular version of the seldom-collected piece comes from Walter Pardon' the tune is closely related to that of High Germany.