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GUEST,Anne Croucher Lyr Req: Suitable shanties for female singers (43) RE: Lyr Req: Suitable shanties for female singers 06 Oct 04

Shanties were - so we are told, improvised, so you might like to take a well known tune and chorus and create your own verses.

About thirty some years ago when I was sailing around in a fog in the Solent with the participants in the Tall Ships race appearing heart joltingly close and wishing for a radar reflector that was not sitting under the stairs back at the flat, I distracted myself with the creation of an entire shanty relating the shanghiying of a sturdy country lass from a canal/coasting boat.

The only part of it I can remember was the offer to embroider a tattoo onto the mate.

I sang it acouple of times, but then moved about as far inland as possible - Market Harbourough, though it does have a canal it is a dead end and so there is not much traffic. In fact anyone with any sense left last century, that and the output of lead from the Caxton movable type works explains a lot.

It was actually quite a good shanty and it made people laugh as well.


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