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Meaning: Blow Boys Blow

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ALL THROUGH THE RAIN AND SQUALLY WEATHER
BLOW, BOYS, BLOW
BLOW, BOYS, BLOW (2)
CONGO RIVER
CONGO RIVER (2)


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Jon W. 13 Jan 00 - 01:51 PM
Clifton53 13 Jan 00 - 02:01 PM
JenEllen 13 Jan 00 - 06:40 PM
Barry Finn 13 Jan 00 - 07:20 PM
Barry Finn 13 Jan 00 - 07:25 PM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 13 Jan 00 - 08:26 PM
JenEllen 14 Jan 00 - 12:12 AM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 14 Jan 00 - 10:58 AM
JenEllen 14 Jan 00 - 11:54 AM
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Subject: Blow Boys Blow
From: Jon W.
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 01:51 PM

Margo's question on Row Bullies Row brings up this question on a similar phrase, "blow, boys, blow" or "blow me bully boys, blow." Who are the boys and what does it mean to blow (aside from oral sex)? I have a hypothesis: The boys are the four winds - Zephyr, Borealis, and the two other guys whose names I've forgotten. Any thoughts? And while we're at it, any thoughts on the expression "blow the man down?"


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: Clifton53
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 02:01 PM

Aye, as in "Congo River", "blow me bonny boys blow". I think it is nothing more than the wind, a key component of any sailing endeavor. I'm no Jack Tar but I think blow would be the term used when the wind is in the sails and your making good time. In other words, " there was a good blow". Your theory is interesting, perhaps one of our sailing experts could shed some light on it. As far as I know, "Boys" would be the crew of the ship.

Clifton


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: JenEllen
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 06:40 PM

Dave...Where are you????


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: Barry Finn
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 07:20 PM

"Blow the man down" is to knock a man down with your fists, hence the first & second mates were know as Blowers & Strikers & 3rd mates were Greaser, they're seamanship was second to their ability to keep sailors in line. In a West Indian version it's "kick em along bullies, kick em along, gimmie some time & we'll kick em along". Barry


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: Barry Finn
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 07:25 PM

Sorry, I probably should've added that's the reference used in the Western Ocean Packet trade aboard the "blood buckets". I suspect in other songs blow just refered to the ever blowing & needed wind. Barry


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 08:26 PM

Blow Boys Blow. Blow to knock down or out physically Blow regarding "winds to blow" Blow to take a breather or rest after a hard pull (no sexual connotations)

Different ships different long splices, should'nt get to immersed in nautical nomenclature mates, theres not much book larning amongst us. I would say Blow boys Blow would mean Bully Hays was beatin us again, but on steamships it would mean rest boys rest. Aye mates it's a hard old time when yer getting yanked out o'ya hammock by Elle just to give singing lessons, Back to me rum mates, Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: JenEllen
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 12:12 AM

Ta Dave, so sorry to drag you from your rest'n'rum, but thanks for heeding the call. Elle


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 10:58 AM

Fer you Elle I'd lash up and stow me hammock anytime mate, Yours,Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Blow Boys Blow
From: JenEllen
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 11:54 AM

*blush*


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