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Thread #154674 Message #3630177
Posted By: MGM·Lion
04-Jun-14 - 04:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ten Sail of Turks We Did Spy...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ten Sail of Turks We Did Spy...
Quite, Steve; but they are all part of a big family of sea-battle songs, with the common theme of 'seeing the foe sailing by', 'strike your colours or...', engaging them & so on. The enemy may vary -- the "Turkish" element would seem also to relate it to some versions of "Golden Vanity", though 'Spanish galilees' can feature there too; but there is a wide family resemblance among songs of this sort. Should like to know which version the remembered ST one indeed was, of course, and await result of your researches with interest.