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GUEST,Lighter Origins: 'The Shaver' (10) RE: Origins: 'The Shaver' 26 Feb 16


Hi, Gibb, Steve, and Jessica.

Though his account is, strictly speaking, somewhat ambiguous, Hugill seems to say that he learned the song from "an old Irish seaman, Spike Sennit."

He tends to disagree with Terry that even "the first two verses are printable," and his version has more stanzas than Terry's. It also has, prominently, the post-1900 expression "fed up" where Terry, who apparently learned the song before that, gives "weary."

The preponderance of evidence seems to be that Hugill's version is not simply his own recollection of Terry's.


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