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Thread #102326   Message #2073196
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
10-Jun-07 - 06:50 PM
Thread Name: Sailors' Songs or Chanties- Songbook Index
Subject: RE: Sailors' Songs or Chanties- Index
Thanks, Q.

Something else to note is that my Third Ed. intro acknowledges Smith for "airs" rather than words. Since Davis & Tozer could not have known the words of such songs without also knowing the airs, should we suppose that they themselves invented the words printed with those airs?

To make it all the more confusing, Bristol shantyman Stanley Slade, as genuine an article as Stan Hugill and said to be a stickler for authenticity, sang shanties for Peter Kennedy in 1950 that were identical to versions in Davis & Tozer. I don't see how that could be coincidental.