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Thread #126347 Message #2824103
Posted By: Charley Noble
28-Jan-10 - 08:21 PM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
That's a hard one to answer because there is a well known West Indies shanty called "Shallow Brown" which also has a line about working or being sold for the Yankee dollar, and there is a Calypso sung which also has a line about "working for the Yankee dollar." So Goggle searches are going to turn up thousands of hits.
However, I do wonder if the "Yankee Dollar" that Nordhoff noted is related to the shanty version of "Pay Me My Money Down," collected in the West Islands.