Another fo’c’sle song, or forebitter, at least according to Bert Lloyd in his notes for the Watersons’ version and Jon says, “From the great Mike Waterson. A Watersons’ classic.” As you’ll seee from this Mainly Norfolk link it’s also on Spiers & Bodens Through And Through, where the sleeve note praise it’s anti-authority stance. Mudcat here throws doubt on the ‘sailor as author’ theory as apparently some of the detail is wrong. Perhaps one of the nautically informed can throw more light here again. Still that’s a couple of seafaring greats over the last few days.
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