We Are Bound Down South Alibama

DESCRIPTION: Alternate lines are a chorus, "Oh Miss Celia oh/We are bound down South Alibama." The shantyman sings: Miss Celia should be ashamed for messing with the boy on the bed.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1974 (Abrahams-WIShanties)
KEYWORDS: sex derivative shanty lover youth
FOUND IN: West Indies(St Vincent)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 109-111, "We Are Bound Down South Alibama" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #325
cf. "South Australia (I)" (form, lyrics)
NOTES [55 words]: A derivative of "South Australia (I)" where the destination changes first to South Alabama, and then "Alibama" becomes a man's name. Abrahams quotes a blackfish whaler who says that "they make this song, see how Miss Celia [owner of a whaling boat] had to be ashamed, be she lie in bed with Alibama - this man was name Alibama." - BS
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File: AWIS109

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