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Shanties are the work songs that were used on the square-rigged ships during the "Age of Sail." Their rhythms coordinated the efforts of many sailors hailing on the lines (ropes).

Another halyard shanty, with its typical call and response form, the words to this song were often improvised by the quick-witted shantyman to keep his men interested. Many of the ribald lyrics are unprintable in polite society.

This is one movement from a suite of four well-known, traditional sea shanties, a choice if only a single movement is desired. See Abernathy – Sea Shanties for the complete suite at a discounted price.

(Skill level: high school and above)


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