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Thread #34080   Message #457890
Posted By: Naemanson
08-May-01 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Subject: RE: Blood Red Roses
Dave's theory is one I've heard before but it has one flaw. Navy ships did not use shanties so they wouldn't have been singing a shanty about the red coats in the rigging.

I hadn't heard the one about blisters but it makes sense.