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JWB Folklore: Which Sailortown has Sand Street? (21) RE: Folklore: Which Sailortown has Sand Street? 30 Jun 04


The CD ain't fancy, but you can understand the words very well and there are some rare songs on it. I can recommend it. The website given in the notes is up (after being under construction for a while), but they don't yet have it set up to sell on-line. Here's the link:

As for Sand Street and Chinatown, I'm inclined to go with Brooklyn, based on the evidence in this post and in the song. New York has a Chinatown, just as does San Francisco, (though neither is actually at the water's edge). But the lyrics of the song point to a naval origin, as opposed to the merchant service("So back to the *sickbay* my punt I did skull", and I'll wager that Sand Street in Brooklyn, with its shops catering to swabs, would have had a fair number of round-the-corner-Sallys patrolling it. But I'm still open minded, and willing to be persuaded by evidence.

Anyone care to make a case for San Francisco or another port?


link corrected - joeclone

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