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Thread #140533   Message #3231880
Posted By: Lighter
30-Sep-11 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
John, I've unaware of any shanty tune that is also a hymn tune.

The closest I can come is that the tune of "Goodbye, Fare Ye Well" is kind of like that of "I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls," from M. W. Balfe's opera, "The Bohemian Girl" (1844).

The tune of Patrick S. Gilmore's "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again"(1863)(also called "Johnny Fill Up the Bowl") was also sometimes used as a shanty.

I suppose a hymn might have been used at the capstan in a special circumstance, but that would have been extraordinary.