The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #128220   Message #2898155
Posted By: Lighter
01-May-10 - 03:21 PM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Very good work, indeed, Gibb!

Something else of interest. In North Carolina in 1922 or 1923, Frank C. Brown collected a call-and-response work song called "Sheep Shell Corn by the Rattle of His Horn." that scans like "Blow, Boys, Blow," and bears a tune that shows some slight resemblance:

The chorus, "Blow, horn, blow!" at least makes more obvious sense than the shanty chorus. That suggests to me that it might be the original, but the evidence is too slim to allow a conclusion.