The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34323   Message #462609
Posted By: Naemanson
15-May-01 - 06:26 AM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Anyone who has spent any time at all engaged in strenuous repetitive manual labor knows that it is easier if you get into a steady rhythm. This is the case whether you are alone shoveling sand (or snow) or working with a team. And there is no better way to keep in that rhythm than with music in a slow rhytmic beat.

Therefore it is not a question of who originated the shanties. Anyone who has to work, in the old days before machinery, would have developed a singing work chant. This stands to reason on land or on the water.