Singing While You Work: The Sailors' Chantey

Submitted by: megrendel 8 months ago in Entertainment


"Roll the Old Chariot Along" is a chantey used by sailors as a 'walk away', sang while walking lines and creating a steady pull. Sang while pulling the ship's braces (swinging the yards around) or at the Downtown Pumps, which resembled the wheels of a chariot.

Led here by David Coffin, a folk musician specializing in early music and sea music at a maritime festival,  you may be able to recognize the African-American spiritual origins of the song. 
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Female 3
Great!As the third oldest city in the country, residents have a lot of pride for their history and culture.
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Male 9,348
Nice.  We used to have to learn a lot of these at school,  plus local folk songs.  Unfortunately they made us do them in a genteel, RP pronunciation which just didn't work.
 
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Male 18,342
Homoerotic trigger warning.
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Male 1,160
That was great! Puts me in the mood for a good swashbuckling adventure.
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Male 114
But I'd rather be.............a lumberjack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE
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He's got a good voice. Did ships in the Age of Sail perform better if their leading seamen were better singers? :)
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Male 45,620
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage and plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

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Male 10,137
Gerry1of1 And then there's this:

I want to sing and dance, I want to sing and dance
I want to be a pirate in the Pirates of Penzance
Wear me silver buckled slippers and me tight shiny pants
I want to sing and dance
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Male 45,620
megrendel       I'd like to see you in tight shiny pants
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Male 10,137
Gerry1of1 "Spandex: It's a privilege, not a right." - Cereal Killer.

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Male 954
That is a thing of beauty.  Though I spent a fair amount of time marveling at the size of that guy's neck...
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Male 675
Not bad honestly.  Was expecting something campy, but this was a nice surprise.
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Male 9,505
That was awesome, Grendel. It was like hearing voices of the 18th century through some kind of cosmic wormhole. It's remarkable, too, that music that compelling could be created by a gathering of people on the sidewalk like that. Great stuff.
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