The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #128220   Message #2900319
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
05-May-10 - 01:16 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
The verses are interspersed with commentary about the anchor coming up.

I am not sure what to make of it, though. Because first they are puling up the slack, and able to more or less "run" around the capstan. Then the mudhook is stuck and they are trying to break it out, etc. How is it that Shenandoah is working throughout this whole process? Conventional wisdom would say that it was sung during the really hard heaving i.e. at slow speed, and that the chantey would be have to be changed to match other tempi. So...either something is happening here that is different than the conventional understanding, or the Shenandoah text is just being used, with artistic license, to unify the writing and without regard to authentic context. (??)