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Thread #126347   Message #2860036
Posted By: Lighter
09-Mar-10 - 09:27 AM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
If anybody's posted this, I can't find it. From the magazine, "Waldie's Select Circulating Library," II (Dec. 24,1833), p. 581:

"The pirates pulled merrily for their schooner, singing in chorus the well known West Indian canoe song:

"The captain's gone ashore;
The mate has got the key;
Hurrah! my jolly boys,-
'Tis grog time o' day!"

The author of the story is said to be Capt. Richard Longeville Vowell. He spent over a dozen years in South America.

In light of Dana's evidence, "well known" appears to have been accurate. FWIW, you can sing the song pretty much to the tune of "Doodle Let Me Go."