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Thread #126347   Message #2819416
Posted By: Lighter
23-Jan-10 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
The line "Time for us to go" could certainly have turned at asome point into "Time for us to leave her," especially since the rhythm is better served by two syllables than one.

But it's still conjecture. "Time for Us to Go" may have been a different song entirely, or a song to the same tune with quite different lyrics, etc. There's no way to tell.

I don't know if there's any evidence to show that "Leave Her Johnny" was sung in the 1850s, though "Across the Western Ocean," mentioned by Alden, at least has the same tune.