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Thread #25029   Message #290875
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
04-Sep-00 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sea Chanty Help
Well, it's certainly not a sea shanty, even by the loosest definition of the term!  As I suspected from the words you gave, it seems to be a turn-of-the-century American commercial composition; there's a copy of sheet music at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music,  with the following information:

"Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor".
Words by Andrew B. Sterling.  Music by Chas. B. Ward.
New York: Chas. B. Ward Music Publishing Co., 42 West 28th St., 1900