The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54759   Message #850336
Posted By: Dead Horse
19-Dec-02 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman
Subject: RE: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman
These sound to me like exremely garbled and mixed up versions of not very well remembered lyrics, therefore are probably exactly what WAS sung aboard ship. The obvious mixture of several shanties, the repeating of single lines, non rhyming couplets, and the transposition of tunes, was a feature which is now sadly lacking in folk orientated "Shanty Singers". It seems to be the done thing to *clean up* these old songs untill they are of Concert Quality.
I commend your efforts, dear sir.