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JWB Meaning: Long Tail Blue in sea songs? (23) RE: Meaning: Long Tail Blue in sea songs? 21 Jun 07

Snuffy, my thoughts exactly. I'm no historian of fashion, yet all the early 19th century images of sailors ashore that I've seen -- even of RN swabs -- show them in short jackets. Perhaps by the 1830s and 40s the fashions had changed, especially if a song about a particular style of coat in the minstrel shows was a big hit, and merchant seamen were buying the latest togs without any thought of a relationship to naval uniform.

Being away from home I can't delve into my chantey collections for help; it would be fascinating to try and link the age of the two chanteys to the period of popularity of the Long Tail Blue song. I'm feeling persuaded by Masato's and Q's links that perhaps the chantey reference is to the 1835 equivalent of the zoot suit, white T-shirt and pegged trousers, or leather warm-up jacket.

Is there any way of discovering how popular Mr. Dixon's song was?


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