Mudcat Café message #4094285 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #122362   Message #4094285
Posted By: Lighter
22-Feb-21 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: Ship Margaret Evans, songs
Subject: RE: Ship Margaret Evans, songs
Pall Mall Gazette (May 15, 1885):

"The boatswain and I are great friends, and he lets me work with the watch. I happened to be standing alone, singing a shanty out of sheer vacancy and passivity. I had gone through the plain song:-

       Oh! the wildest packet you can find -
          Ah! my boys, are you most done?
       Is the Margaret Evans of the Black Cross Line.
          So clear the track, let the bulljine run.

"A voice softly broke in: -

       And it's Hey, rig-a-jig, with a low-backed car
          Ah! my boys, are you most done?
       With Eliza Lee upon my knee,
          So clear the track, let the bulljine run.

"Then I saw an alert, grizzled man beside me, who said: 'That's all gone by now. These winches and donkeys have done away with the singing.'"