Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sea Shanties

What Is a Sea Shanty?

- my daily segment for my Pirate Week challenge 
September 13-19, 2009 hosted by Gofita's Pages

Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships of the Age of Sail. Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hauling on lines. Much loved by modern sailors and folk musicians, they are rarely used as work songs today. This is because modern rigging doesn't require many people to be working in the same rhythm for long periods.

Found one of my favorite tunes on youtube. 

Get yer dancin' shoes on and give us a listen - lyrics included!

And, do tell if ya be havin a favorite shanty o yer own.

Drunken Sailer by Irish Rovers

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