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Thread #128220 Message #2894686
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
26-Apr-10 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
So, the 1869 article is essentially "worthless." Funny -- If I remember right, that is the source from which the OED gets its first incidence of the word "shanty."
The 1868 article gives several items that were new at the time -- that is, I have not seen them in print before that. They are:
GOODBYE FARE YOU WELL
PADDY LAY BACK
"Good morning ladies all"
"Sally in the Alley"
"And England's blue forever"
HANDY MY BOYS
"Land ho, boys"
HAUL AWAY JOE
Of these, Adams' later published work provides evidence that HAUL AWAY JOE and BONEY were already in existence.
"Good morning ladies all" and, possibly, "Johnny's Gone" (if related to "Jenny's Gone Away"), may have appeared earlier as corn-shucking songs.
And the author gives some unique verses to CHEERLY, too.