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Thread #25627   Message #1098301
Posted By: Gareth
21-Jan-04 - 07:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier's Joy
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Soldier's Joy'?
Hmmm ! - Just a coment.
The verse - from DT "Soldiers Joy" =

"John Paul Jones in an old tin can
Scoured the ocean like a fightin' man
The British said "Paul are you ready to strike"
Paul said "I'm just beginning to fight""

Old Tin Can - Tin can followed the American rebelion by about 40 years.

Tin can was, and maybe still is, US Navy slang for a "Destroyer"

I think the folk process might have altered the original verse. If in fact the ancestory of this verse dates from the original.

Any thoughts ?