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Thread #126347   Message #2813519
Posted By: John Minear
16-Jan-10 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Here is some information from Warren Fahey's "Australian Folklore Unit" webpage, which can be found here:

"Two shanty fragments as sung on the sailing ships bringing gold seekers to Sydney in the 1850s. Found in Adventures on the Australian Gold Fields - W Craig. 1903

Pumping Shanty

Oh fare you well, my own Mary Anne
Fare you well for awhile.

Anchor Hauling Shanty

When first we went a-waggoning
Drive on my lads, heigh ho."

The first one is obviously from a rather well-known song "Mary Ann". Check here:


I am not familiar with the second one.