Mudcat Café message #153189 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16440   Message #153189
Posted By: kendall
22-Dec-99 - 10:38 PM
Thread Name: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
Subject: RE: Help: What is a 'forebitter'?
a shanty or chantey is a work song with a word or two which is shouted out. This is what keeps the men hauling together. to me way hey ... HUH! we'll pay Paddy Doyle for his boots.
a forebitter or a foc'sle (forecastle) song is entertainment. Songs like Rolling Home are Homeward Bound songs.
There were no engines in the old days to do the heavy lifting, just "Norwiegen Steam" (muscle power) and, without a rythym they would all be hauling to their own beat.