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GUEST,Azizi Origins: Swing Your Tail (chanty, worksong) (38) RE: Origins: Swing Your Tail (chanty, worksong) 18 Jan 13


Thanks Gib for starting a very interesting thread.

In your Jan 17th 01:21 AM post you wrote that "The song appears in an issue of _The Crisis_ (NAACP publication), vol. 29, 1924. (The piece it occurs in seems to have been republished (?) in a 1969 issue, too.)"

And in your Jan 17th 03:26 AM post you wrote "A 1969 issue of _Spin_ quotes part of the song. I am only seeing it in snippet view."

Did you mean The Crisis magazine in that latter post? According to its Wikipedia page, Spin music magazine was founded in 1985.

Also, inspired by this post, I plan to publish a post on my Pancocojams cultural blog that will feature videos of & lyrics for the R&B song "Shake A Tail Feather". That song was first recorded by the African American group The Five Du-Tones in 1963 as has been convered by lots of singers and featured in several movies. A Hip Hop song with a similar title "Shake Ya TailFeather" was recoded in 2003 & actually won a Grammy [shaking my head in dismay]. I plan to refer to this record song but not showcase it in that post.

I'll include a link to this Mudcat thread in my post as well as two lyric excerpts from your comments as a means of pointing out how long the custom has been to refer to folks "shaking their tails" in songs, although I think it's unlikely that the composers of that 1963 song knew any of the Sea Shanties that are mentioned in this post.

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