The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126347 Message #2852263
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
28-Feb-10 - 11:33 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
To category 1 I'd add:
Fire Down Below (a-b-c)
Heave Away my Johnnies (cf. relation to "slave song" about Henry Clay)
And an example of songs in the Cat. 1 pattern but which has just one customary pull are "Won't Ye Go My Way" and "Hilonday." As I come across others, I might flesh out a subcategory there.
2. Call-response-call-response plus mock chorus. The "mock chorus" is structured and timed just like the call-response section, and the only reasons it appears as a chorus are 1) Everyone sings together 2)The lyrics repeat each time round:
Leave her Johnny
Clear the Track, Let the Bullgine Run
Goodbye, Fare Ye Well
Heave Away, Cheerily O! [sort of]
Only One More Day
The Codfish Shanty
"Walk Me Along, Johnny" / "General Taylor"
Because of their chorus, these have all been used for continuous tasks, windlass or capstan. However, they are modified arrangements of the same thing that works for halyards/cotton-screwing. What works for halyards is much more limiting than what works for the heaving tasks (pumping, windlass, capstan). That underscores the distinctiveness or exclusivity of those types of work songs.