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Thread #126347   Message #2818857
Posted By: John Minear
22-Jan-10 - 04:58 PM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
From Dana's list of shanties sung on board the "Pilgrim" and "Alert" between 1834 and 1836, published in TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST (page 285) I would suggest "Cheerily, Men". Here are several early versions of this song. First of all from Warren Fahey's site in Australia:

And then from Laura Smith's THE MUSIC OF THE WATERS, p.22-23:

From the C. Fox Smith Perma Thread:


From an old book called THE SHIP OF SOLACE:

And from Cecil Sharp's ENGLISH FOLK-CHANTEYS :

And here is Gibb Sahib's EXPLICIT! version on YouTube: