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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
06-Jun-08 - 04:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: French sea shanties
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: French sea shanties
Oh, well. I thought I was being amusing.
And one may define verole as smallpox and chancre as canker and bitte as bollard, as they are in the little Collins French-English Dictionary used in school French classes.
Most of what sailors sang would be taboo in today's neopuritan society.

I dunno. The kids I grew up with knew one hell of a lot that their parents didn't think they knew. I remember the little Popeye-Olive Oyl comics that circulated in grade school showing every position that 2-4 people could get into, and another showing what what one could do to Little Orphan Annie out behind the barn or in the closet.

Kids don't seem to have secret literature like that anymore. Anyone bringing it to school now probably would be sentenced to juvenile detention.

(A google add at the bottom of this thread advertises Frere Jacques at Great Prices. On a trip back east I saw some of the old nursery rhymes in revised form at a collectors' bookstore in Montreal.)