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Posted By: Gibb Sahib
02-Mar-11 - 03:03 AM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
1898 Brewer, Ebenezer, Cobham. _Dictionary of Phrase and Fable._ New edition, revised. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus.
Yet another slang dictionary entry, this time with a quote from RIO GRANDE.
Shanty Songs. Songs sung by sailors at work, to ensure united action. They are in sets, each of which has a different cadence adapted to the work in hand. Thus, in sheeting topsails, weighing anchor, etc., one of the most popular of the shanty songs runs thus :—
"I'm bound away, this very day.
I'm bound for the Rio Grande.
Ho, you, Rio!
Then fare you well, my bonny blue bell,
I'm bound for the Rio Grande."
(French, chanter, to sing; a sing-song.)