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Gibb Sahib Origins: Pay Me My Money Down (51* d) RE: Origins: Pay Me My Money Down 25 Apr 15


    THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY for July 1858 contains an article on "Songs of the Sea."

    Here are some passages about work-songs.

    The classic sheet shanty.

    Then there are pumping-songs. "The dismal sound of the pumps is heard," says Mr. Webster's Plymouth-Rock Oration ; but being a part of the daily morning duty of a well-disciplined merchant vessel,—just a few minutes' spell to keep the vessel free and cargo unharmed by bilge-water,—it is not a dismal sound at all, but rather a lively one. It was a favorite amusement with us passengers on board the --- to go forward about
    pumping-time to the break of the deck and listen. Any quick tune to which you might work a fire-engine will serve for the music, and the words were varied with every fancy.
    "Pay me the money down," was one favorite chorus, and the verse ran thus:—

    Solo. " Your money, young man, is no object to me.
    Chorus. Pay me the money down!
    Sola. Half a crown's no great amount.
    Chorus. Pay me the money down!
    Solo and Chorus. (Bis.) Money down, money down, pay me the money down! "

    Not much sense in all this, but it served to man and move the brakes merrily.

    So PAY ME THE MONEY DOWN is used for pumping (brake style), along with (implied) ACROSS THE WESTERN OCEAN and STORMALONG. Is the last one HIGHLAND LADDIE? Or is it perhaps something related to Hugill's "Hilonday"?
Excerpt from Gibb's other post added here. -Joe Offer-

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