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Thread #81820 Message #3910667
Posted By: Lighter
12-Mar-18 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Ordinary Seaman Frank Townshend, described as an "Irish fiddler and wit," wrote a poem on the fight between his ship and USS Hatteras.
The poem was set to a variant of the tune "Brennan on the Moore" not long ago by Dan Milner, Frank Coffin, and the fortuitously named Jeff Davis:
They also perform the parlor song "The Alabama," by E. King and F. W. Rosier (1864):
And R. B. Nicol's 1864 broadside "The Fate of the Pirate Alabama":
The 97th Regimental String Band has recorded Frank Wilder's "Alabama and Kearsarge" (1864):
I don't detect any real similarities between any of these songs and the chantey. Unfortunately.