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Thread #157373   Message #3714216
Posted By: Lighter
03-Jun-15 - 10:00 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Here's a bit of new info. According to

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/Gordon/sideBbandB3.html

Gordon recorded "Blow, Boys, Blow," and "Away Haul Away," from "A. Wilkins," place and date unknown.

You can hear the surprisingly clear recordings, and a couple more, at the above link.

Those transcriptions are minutely different from those I've posted.

In "Blow, Boys, Blow," the unusual "mosquit's liver" is transcribed as "monkey's." I believe it is in fact "mosquit's."

In "Away, Haul Away," the Irish girl clearly has a "double chin" (if you can buy that) and it is "our oats" that are "growin' mouldy." "Our oats" is quite clear on the recording.

There's even an additional final verse:

"Away, haul away, the bloody ship's a rollin'."

Why Gordon would have written "word deleted" for "chin" is a mystery - unless the singer had told him it was a euphemism. "Oats" was a harmless 19th century term referring to vim and vigor (as in "feel your oats"), but it could have sexual associations in the appropriate contexts. Why he wrote "old cook" is another mystery, unless, again, the singer told him that was sung too.

Another possibility is that these are two different performances from two different singers. Not that it matters very much.