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Thread #151478   Message #3535697
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
09-Jul-13 - 09:08 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
I'd imagine that for a shantyman the tune and the one line, and the fact that the tune was well suited to use as a worksong, would have been quite sufficient to get it put to use. The origin as a river song wouldn't have been in any way significant. All songs come from somewhere, mostly from other songs.