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.

Next category...

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
Rio Grande
South Australia
The Codfish Shanty
"Walk Me Along, Johnny" / "General Taylor"
"Hieland Laddie"

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.