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Thread #34   Message #4194253
Posted By: Robert B. Waltz
25-Dec-23 - 03:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I've been a sea cook and I've been a ...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been a sea cook and I've been a ...
Reinhard wrote: that fits the pattern too, so the original poster (who asked 27 years ago) would probabably have been happy with both songs.

You're no doubt right, though the text you site isn't in the version you pointed to, which is why I said what I said. :-)

My problem is, I've met "We'll Rant And We'll Roar" many, many times in tradition. It's in most of the major Newfoundland collections.

"Talcahuano Girls" I've never encountered in tradition. It has one Roud collection (#32688), from circa 1990. And there is a recording by A. L. Lloyd, made perhaps in 1967.

The obvious suspicion is that it is an A. L. Lloyd rewrite, probably based on "We'll Rant and We'll Roar" rather than "Spanish Ladies." I can't prove it, but when A. L. Lloyd is the earliest source I can find for a song... I just don't like it one little bit.