Mudcat Café message #1884184 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96348   Message #1884184
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-Nov-06 - 06:11 PM
Thread Name: Why do our songs last so long ?
Subject: RE: Why do our songs last so long ?
There are hundreds of chanteys and work-songs in the Anglo tradition built on call and response Truen enough - but shanties weren't exclusively or even predominantly Anglo. Sailors came in all colours and nationalities, and the shanties moved between ships where all kind of languages were spoken. And black shantymen were fairly common I believe.
Folksongs are like yogurt - that's certainly an interesting simile.