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Thread #128220 Message #2869217
Posted By: Lighter
22-Mar-10 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
A great discovery. In form it looks indistinguishable from a halliard shanty. Such rowing songs almost certainly influenced shanty development. The transference of such songs to halliard work as needed may have been inevitable and must have happened independently a number of times.
Interesting that these early travelers found the rowing songs notable despite the unanimous comments that they were unmelodious, with improvisational and trivial lyrics.
It certainly does support the idea that call-and-response rowing songs were not native to Britain and were presumably an African holdover.
One can move plausibly from African call-and-reponse work songs to New World call-and-response rowing songs to cotton-screwers' chants to halliard shanties.