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Thread #34080   Message #869965
Posted By: Mr Red
19-Jan-03 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Subject: RE: Blood Red Roses

The problem with all this speculation is that in addition to the folk process on the song - so it is with the ancilliary data. AND sailors no doubt revelled in the multiplicity of reasons for the naming or referrencing. It sort of makes it more relevant or funny or neat depending on your reason for liking the wealth of connections. Stan Hugill's explanantion of the pox is my prime candidate, but I would be surprised not to find others riding alongside.

Witness the oft heard shanty lines about "not bothering with women and being safer off Cape Horn". I defy you not see duality in that one sentence, and sailors were no dumber than us.