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Thread #49738   Message #753290
Posted By: Barry Finn
23-Jul-02 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Blow the Man Down
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the man down (?)
Roger Abrahams collected a version from the West Indian isle of Nevis:

Hit him a lick & fetch him a kick
CH: And a yea, yea blow the man down
Blow The man down in the hole below
CH: Low me some time to blow the man down

Allen Lomax also collected a version in 1935 from the town of Nassau, Bahamas:


Le'(Let's) we jerk him along, le we kick him along
CH: Hey-ay pull him along
Give me a little time for to kick him along
CH: Give me some time to roll him along

Deorflinger (Shantymen & Shantyboys) "it is said that packet sailors called the 2nd & 3rd mates 'Blowers & Strikers'. Colcord (Roll & Go) 'The earliest version again celebrates the Black Ball Line, & the hard lives that were lived aboard those ships. It should be noted that in those days, "blow" meant to "knock".
The 2 Island tunes say pretty close to the more common versions with the exception of the slight & lovely differences in their singing of the choruses.