Mudcat Café message #4094185 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169408   Message #4094185
Posted By: Steve Gardham
21-Feb-21 - 05:18 PM
Thread Name: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties
Subject: RE: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanti
I recorded 3 old salts myself back in the 60s, and all 3 had been in sail, 2 of them Cape Horners. They all knew chanties and one of them had actually used chanties. I know they were remembering things from 60 years earlier, but none of them sang any more than 4 verses to a particular chanty. This backs up the statement that only a few verses were regular to launch the chanty and then the rest was improvised from a regular stock. Even Davis appears to have had a few stock verses of his own that were repeated in the book in different chanties.