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Thread #30033   Message #3313625
Posted By: Phil Edwards
26-Feb-12 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Deep Blue Sea
Subject: Origins: Deep Blue Sea (Willie what got drownded)
Deep blue sea, Willie, deep blue sea...

I'm curious about this short and enigmatic song; where did it come from? Are there related songs? Why does the tag-line appear to be in Cockney?

In formal terms it seems like an oddity - the repetition and the lack of detail are characteristic of a shanty, but the subject matter is anything but.

Any info?