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Thread #140533   Message #3230437
Posted By: MGM·Lion
28-Sep-11 - 05:49 AM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
At end of penultimate stanza, is 'yeo-heare-ho' correct, or could it be a typo for 'heave-ho'? "Yo-ho" is a commonplace in many people's apprehension of shanties, due perhaps to Stevenson's Treasure Island with its "bottle of rum", & those Volga boatmen: though it doesn't actually appear, IIRC, in any shanty in Hugill or other such collections. "Heave-ho", or "Heave-away",&c, do, however, quite frequently.

~Michael~