Mudcat Café message #3695239 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #135160   Message #3695239
Posted By: Lighter
19-Mar-15 - 06:39 AM
Thread Name: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Subject: RE: A Little-Known Shanty Collection
Hi, Bob. The more you explore, the more you realize that *in theory* any broadside song could be sung acceptably to any tune that scanned.

Very few would have objected: outside of the stage and the hawking of songs, singing was for personal expression within one's circle of acquaintances, not for pleasing an audience of fans.