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Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji

George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 11 Dec 03 - 08:29 AM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 11 Dec 03 - 08:46 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 11 Dec 03 - 09:07 AM
Jim Dixon 23 Nov 11 - 04:41 PM
GUEST,999 07 Sep 12 - 09:01 AM
GUEST,leeneia 07 Sep 12 - 11:07 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 08:29 AM

There is a fragment of a song that I have:

And I'm bound for the Isle of Fuji
Fuji, Fuji,
And I'm bound for the Isle of Fuji
And From there to Tennessee

It might also have the title I'm Bound for the Isle of Beauty. A Sea Song of some sort. Has anyone seen this one? Looks nice.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 08:46 AM

Seen this?
Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 09:07 AM

Yes, that's where I got the fragment, from that CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Nov 11 - 04:41 PM

Fuji is a mountain in Japan. I can't find any island by that name.

Fiji is an island nation in the south Pacific. In some old books it was called Feejee or Feegee.

The Ballad Index says the shanty was actually called ISLE OF FUGI, but the notes say Fiji or Fuji may have been meant.

The song was collected in Nova Scotia. It's easy to imagine sailors from NS might get confused about locations in the Pacific.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 09:01 AM

"Isle of Fugi"

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Smith/Hatt)
Keywords: nonballad shanty
Found in: Canada(Mar)
Description

"Then I'm bound for the Isle of Fugi; Fugi, Fugi; Then I'm bound for the Isle of Fugi; And from there to Tennessee."

Notes

Smith/Hatt: Smith's comment is "Well-known shanty for general work." Fowke notes that Hugill suggests "Fiji" may be meant. - BS

Since we're talking about Pacific destinations anyway, how about "Fuji," which would mean Japan? (Japan also has a city "Fukui," for that matter.) There is also an anchorage off the Philippines known as "Fuga." - RBW

References

Smith/Hatt, p. 29, "Isle of Fugi" (1 text)
Roud #9417
BI, SmHa029

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From

http://www.folklorist.org/song/Isle_of_Fugi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bound for the Isle of Fuji
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 11:07 AM

...and on to Tennessee, apparently by ocean ship?

I believe this song was a parody of a sea shanty, and the composer knew perfectly well that Fuji and Tennessee are well inland.

It's true that you can reach Tennessee by riverboat or barge, but I don't think that was the intention.


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