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Thread #49738   Message #4156709
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Oct-22 - 02:03 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Blow the Man Down
Subject: RE: Origins: Blow the Man Down
I dunno, Pappy Fiddle. I think you're speculating. The most common explanation seems to be "refers to knocking a man down with fist, belaying pin or capstan bar." But that could be speculation. Up above, somebody said the explanation can be found in Shanties from the Seven Seas by Hugill, but I'm not finding it in skimming pp 203-215, the section on this song.