St Peter Down at Courland Bay

DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "St. Peter, St. Peter, down at Courland Bay." I'm going to St Peter's Day. Fishermen get together. The water is fresh and we "feel fresh and gay."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (Abrahams-WIShanties)
KEYWORDS: fishing shore party
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 29-30, "St Peter Down at Courland Bay" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [64 words]: Abrahams gives this as an example of the call-response songs improvised on the Tobago beach on Fishermen's Fete, St Peter's Day, June 29. "They commonly sing of the beauties of the fete, using a traditional tune but introducing topical subjects and an appropriate chorus line.... Singing and dancing in a group are the prevalent forms of ceremonial entertainment in the community." - BS
Last updated in version 4.0
File: AWIS029

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.