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Thread #135160 Message #3080974
Posted By: Steve Gardham
23-Jan-11 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Subject: RE: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
On A-Roving II p51 all it says is 'Words by Burgeson' which to me means he is saying he feels Buryeson wrote them.
Heave Away My Johnnies II, p16 says 'As sung by Fred H. Burgeson, San Francisco'. It appears to be closely related to the well-known Tapscot stanzas but somewhat personalised.
Dixie's Isle, p 206 seems to owe something to the broadside ballad 'The Banks of the Nile' full quote 'A friend who made a voyage around the Horn, in the ship Young America, said it was very popular there. The chorus was the last line of each verse. there were more verses but the following were all that he could remember.
Harlow gives 6 versions of 'Storm Along John' pp78-84. Most texts are fairly standard but the first one looks rather artified and literary 'Their eyes were dim with more than rain' etc.
Johnny Boker, p97 Harlow implies that these are the words being sung at the time he noted them 'We roused home the tack to the tune of' Stanzas are those usually found in 'Haul the Bowline' which precedes it in Harlow on p95