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Thread #18455   Message #3231173
Posted By: JHW
29-Sep-11 - 01:11 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Farewell Shanty (Mervyn Vincent)
Subject: RE: Origins: Farewell Shanty (Mervyn Vincent)
I was privileged to hear Mervyn sing the Farewell Shanty more than once on his occasional visits up here. Ken Allen to thank for bringing him. Though many moons since I heard him in the Collingwood, Thornaby I don't think he claimed the song but then probably wouldn't have done anyway.
A habit has evolved of repeating the first verse at the end, a common enough trait but IMHO it ends better on 'Haul away for Heaven' (believer or not). That's the way Mervyn ended the song and maybe the night.