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Thread #2385   Message #2745716
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
14-Oct-09 - 01:28 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Gibb, I believe that Hugill erred when he suggested that the refrains (in "Gals o' Chile" and "Saltpetre Shanty") were conscious imitations of Spanish. I strongly suspect that the pattern of the shanty came from "Snappoo," which is the ancestor of "Three German Officers."

Robinson's text of "Hero Bangidero" (rptd. by Colcord) is the only other one I know of. He may have altered it just a little for publication - or a lot. From what he says (vaguely) in "The Bellman" (where it first appeared) a few words in the refrain(s) had to be altered.   

BTW: most future shanty-singers will be getting a lot of their material from your YouTube videos. Keep up the good work!