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Thread #126347 Message #2848238
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
23-Feb-10 - 07:47 PM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Lots of fun in the twists and turns of this thread!
And I suspect that even when these work songs were first labeled as "chants" that this was a word/category that was not indigenous to the realm of sea labor. It almost sounds like something from a liturgical context!
I've not pursued it very far, by my attempt at sorting the term might include investigating the term "chaunt". See this thread for what I mean: