Good Ship Venus, The
DESCRIPTION: A quatrain ballad, this song describes the interminable sexual misadventures of the crew of the Good Ship Venus, whose mast is a rampant penis.
EARLIEST DATE: Vance Randolph firmly dates the three versions in his "Unprintable" Collection from the Ozarks to 1890.
KEYWORDS: bawdy sex humorous ship
FOUND IN: Australia Canada Britain(England) US(NE,MW,So,SW) New Zealand
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Cray, pp. 315-318, "The Good Ship Venus" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 500-501, "Frigging in the Rigging" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, FRGGING SHPVENUS
cf. "Christopher Columbo" (lyrics)
NOTES: The limerick-form stanzas with the internal rhyme in the third line of "Good Ship" frequently migrate to "Christopher Columbo." - EC
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