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Lighter Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties (34) RE: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties 27 Feb 21


Since educated people (who'd heard them) considered the words of most chanteys dull, crude, or nonsensical, it's no wonder that D&T were more interested in providing music than in accurate, or even semi-accurate, words.

The degree of Davis's alterations and additions must have had something to do with the quality and "completeness" of the lyrics he knew - at least some of which must have been at second-hand.

The pirate lyrics of "The Black Ball Line," for example, may be based on nothing but Davis's desire to make a good Victorian sea song out of a trivial "fragment."

As usual, we can't know for sure. (What we do know is that Stanley Slade liked them!)


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