A-Rolling Down the River (The Saucy Arabella)
DESCRIPTION: Shanty. "Arabella set her main top-s'l (x3) ... a rollin' down the river." Verses list a full-rigged ship's sails: "The Arabella set her main gans'l/main royal/main skys'l, etc." Second chorus: "Oh, a pumpkin pudden an' a bulgine pie, aboard the Arabella"
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: sailor ship shanty
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 178-179, "A-Rolling Down the River" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbrEd pp. 144-145]
cf. "So Early in the Morning" (tune)
NOTES: Hugill says the tune is similar to a minstrel song "So Early in the Morning." - SL
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