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Posted By: Lighter
06-Jun-15 - 09:13 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Don't mention it.

On August 6, 1928, Tom L. Mills of Fielding. N.Z., mailed Gordon a feature article from the Glasgow Herald (of unknown date) somewhat misleadingly called "Sea Songs of the Capstan." Like so many similar pieces, it laments the passing of the romance of the sea. It is illustrated by a number of chantey fragments, which, though I haven't checked, seem to be "field-collected."

A few others are clearly unsingable in their present, somewhat confused form, which suggests that the writers source may have been struggling to recreate something half forgotten. (Otherwise the writer would doubtless have regularized them.)

We're outward bound from Glasgow town,
Good-bye, fare ye well; good-bye, fare ye well.