Mudcat Café message #683839 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46147   Message #683839
Posted By: Dead Horse
05-Apr-02 - 01:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Huckleberry Hunting (Pumping Chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Huckleberry Hunting (Pumping Chantey)
Masato Sakurai posted the link to the correct(if there is such a thing)words to this shanty, which I always sing as The Wild Goose. Other versions are (until I hear different?)modern fabrications. As far as I'm concerned, if it's in THE BIBLE (Hugill's book)then it's genuine, if it aint in, it's fake, so there! Yah Boo Sucks.
I agree that shanties that actually make sense as a narrative are much easier to remember, but virtually every one of the old time REAL shantymen sung their own version, and sometimes a different one each time, with verses added or subtracted at whim. Also singing the words of one shanty to the tune of another, either by intention or accidentally, and swopping halyard shanties for capstan, pumps, stamp & go, etc. which makes a nonsense of collectors valiant efforts to get down a difinitive version for anything sung at sea. Thank God they tried, or my song book would be nearly empty!!!
Keep posting your versions, as it adds verses to the general repertoire.