The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168938 Message #4081230
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
28-Nov-20 - 01:27 PM
Thread Name: Hamborger Veermaster
Subject: RE: Hamborger Veermaster
"Banks of Sacramento" is a well-known chantey in English language. The first verse usually begins "A bully ship and a bully crew"; I remember a rarer version starting "Around Cape Horn in the months of snow", which seems to describe the itinerary from England to California. Genuine gold rushers tend to have little knowledge of geography.
The Hamburger lyrics, apparently a parody or joke song from the 20th century, is in a macaronic hybrid of Hamburg Low German (Plattdeutsch) and English. "Blow, boys, blow!" – haha!
The tune in most Youtube renderings is slightly altered, but easily recognizable.