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Thread #26060   Message #2644212
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
30-May-09 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ach/O du lieber Augustin
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach du lieber Augustin
To the list of parody versions we can add the sea song "Let Go the Reef Tackle," as collected by Harlow in CHANTEYING ABOARD AMERICAN SHIPS (1948), which is set to this tune.

//
Let go the reefy tackle, reef tackle, reef tackle
Let go the reefy tackle for my breeches are yammed! [jammed]
//

Harlow does not mention the connection, however, and other print versions of the song, in Doerflinger (1951) and Hugill (1961) have different tunes. But they do all make some reference to a "Dutch" (generically, Northern European) connection.

Gibb