Jon says, “A great shanty from a great album of the same name – it’s Peter Bellamy’s live in Norwich album. This is part of a ‘shanty-off’ between Bellamy and Lou Killen. I think Lou wins it by a whisker.”
As expected you’ll find details of the Bellamy and Killen session at Mainly Norfolk. I got somewhat lost in Mudcat with this one, but have picked up that it may well be of Caribbean origin. Many similarly derived shanties didn’t spread with the same wild-fire-vigour through the ranks of white sailors, although one of the posters suggests this was an exception. Again I can’t claim any expertise as far as this goes and am only passing on others’ remarks. I’d be grateful if any of the nautical types (and I know there are one or two of you out there) could perhaps offer any insight. Please fill in below if you know more. Apart from that it seems pretty straigtforward – guy meets pretty girl, she’s unimpressed by his overtures, so he goes to sea – I suppose the alternative was murder!
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