Next is “Blow the Man Down”. This is a sea shanty. It was sung in the 1800’s. In 1879, George Haswell was passenger aboard another steamship, from London to Sydney, at which time he noted some of the shanties of the crew. He wrote an article about it, but it did not get a wide circulation. However, it did find its way into the hands of Laura Alexandrine Smith, whose own large collection of sailors’ songs, The Music of the Waters (1888), was one of the first to be widely available. Smith reprinted the lyrics gathered by Haswell. And the rest is history.
And the final song for the day is “Oh My Darling, Clementine” by Percy Montrose (1884).
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