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JWB Lyr Req: Scottish Sea Shanties (62* d) RE: Lyr Req: Scottish Sea Shanties 25 May 07

Dear Guest,

I'm no expert, 'tis true. I understand from the reading I have done that it was not the subject matter that determined a chantey, but the rhythm. There is documentation of sailors adapting shore-side songs for shipboard labor ("Billy Boy" and "The Little Ball of Yarn" come to mind). The rhythm of "Final Trawl" would fit long-haul halyard work well, based on my experience. It is likely that, because the song was written in the late 20th century, it's never been used as a chantey.

You have raised an interesting question: did sailors on wind-powered fishing vessels use chanteys?


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