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Thread #151478   Message #3536086
Posted By: Charley Noble
10-Jul-13 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'

"'she lowered her topsls, t'gallants and all
her lily white hands on his reef tackle fall"

This has strayed somewhat from the version of "Cruisin' Round Yarmouth" recorded on Blow, Boys, Blow" which runs:

"She laid in her foresheets, stays'ils and all,
With her lily white hand on me reef tackle fall..."

But not to worry. It took me years to figure out what a "reef tackle fall" really was but I did figure out what it meant in the song.

Charley Noble