The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #145654 Message #4181286
Posted By: Lighter
10-Sep-23 - 09:55 PM
Thread Name: A.L.Lloyd & Sea Chanties
Subject: RE: A.L.Lloyd & Sea Chanties
Keith, Mackenzie collected the tune and a single stanza from Ephraim Tattrie of Tatamagouche, N.S.
The stanza is the same as Lloyd's first stanza but with the minor differences of "floating" for "sailing" and "pretty girls" for L&M's "young girls." Nothing about trying to pick up a young woman with quivering topsails.
Mackenzie noted Tattrie's tune in regular 4/4 time. That necessary, regular rhythm is the chief difference between the two melodies.
According to Mackenzie, "This is to be regarded as a halliard shanty, although it apparently served at times for the men who were heaving at the capstan bars. Terry lists it as a windlass and capstan shanty."