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Thread #135160 Message #3695188
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
18-Mar-15 - 11:06 PM
Thread Name: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Subject: RE: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
"Dixie's Isle" is a rewrite of an earlier Anglo-American song, "High Germany." Which had its own major/minor tune.
But the sailors probably found the "Oh! Susanna" tune handier. It would have been enormously familiar from music hall performances.
Likely, too, they had never heard the original tune of High Germany, only saw the words printed, say, in a broadside, and some apt sailor adapted the theme.