Mudcat Café message #471404 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34323   Message #471404
27-May-01 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys
There's a world of difference between "Singing in time with the work" and "Working in time with the singing"

A chanteyman directs the tempo and timing of the work and the crew follows his rhythm. That's what his job is, COORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF MORE THAN ONE PERSON. Singing is just his tool.

"He bang she bang"

The "we're all from the railroad" line is because the "Rocking arm" Windlass uses the same mechanism (without the stepped up gear ratio) as a railroad hand car. In other words , 'THEY ARE MAKING FUN OF THEMSELVES"