On Board the Magalena
DESCRIPTION: Sam or Tom have "gone away On board da Magalena." The singer "wish ah was ah sailor On board de Magalena." "Ah wish ah was a cleaner On board de Magalena Would a-clean up every corner ... Would sail to every harbour"
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: fishing sea ship nonballad shanty
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 37, "On Board the Magalena" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Sam Gone Away" (lyrics)
NOTES: Is the the same as "Sam Gone Away"? ("I wish I was a sailor on board the man-of-war, Sam gone away on board the man-of-war, Pretty work, brave boys, pretty work I say, Sam gone away on board the man-of-war")? Without more traditional texts, I can't tell. - RBW
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