The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126347 Message #2825501
Posted By: Lighter
30-Jan-10 - 11:13 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Re "Nancy Blair." Probably not a pure coincidence, because the name is not especially common. OTOH, it may have circulated simply as a convenient rhyme. Q is correct that there is no other visible connection between the shanty and the song.
Found three more versions of "Away, Rio!" None mention Portuguese girls.