The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #32666   Message #430884
Posted By: Nancy King
01-Apr-01 - 09:10 PM
Thread Name: Help: Land of Misery (Shenandoah)
Subject: RE: Help: Land of Misery (Shenandoah)
Jeez, Kendall -- that might be carrying things a bit too far...

This song is clearly related to "Solid Fas'," recorded by The Boarding Party on another fine Folk-Legacy recording, "'Tis Our Sailing Time," (CD-97, or, in some circles, BP1). It's in the DT. It was collected by Roger Abrahams in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in 1966, still in use as a rowing shanty. The album notes discuss its relationship to the Stanesco version.

I think the "Shenandoah" family of songs is unusual, because I really like so many different variants.

Cheers, Nancy