Mudcat Café message #2278582 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109111   Message #2278582
Posted By: GUEST
03-Mar-08 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Folk terminology
Subject: RE: Folk terminology
I always thought it was forty verses, as in the Calabar:

Come all ye dry-land sailors and listen to my song,
It has only forty verses, so I won't detain you long.
It's all about the history of this here British tar
Who sailed as a man before the mast on board of the Calabar.

Wasn't there a Hamish Imlach song that started something like that as well?