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Thread #126347   Message #2821141
Posted By: Charley Noble
25-Jan-10 - 12:36 PM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?

"Folkie folklore" indeed!

I suppose Doerflinger is also wrong with regard to locating the Rio Grande region in Southern Brazil, and that he made up the version of the song with these lyrics in SONGS OF THE SAILOR AND LUMBERMAN, p. 64:

"There the Portugee girls may be found"

Doerflinger does state that the reference to "golden sands" is not "gold fields" but the shifting sand shoals in the Rio Grande estuary.

Charley Noble