Girl in Portland Street, The

DESCRIPTION: Sailor meets a girl and they go about courting/seducing each other. Refrain of "Fal-de-lol-day" throughout. This has some of the anatomical progression verses of "Yo Ho, Yo Ho." Harlow's version ends with the sailor discovering the girl has a cork leg.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas)
KEYWORDS: shanty bawdy humorous
FOUND IN: US Britain
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 70-71, "A Fal-De-Lal-Day" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, pp. 54-55, "The Girl In Portland Street" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 50-51]
ADDITIONAL: Frederick Pease Harlow, _The Making of a Sailor, or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger_, 1928; republished by Dover, 1988, pp. 263-264, "A Fal-Del-Lal-Day" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #9162
cf. "A-Rovin'" (theme of moving down the body) and references there
NOTES [18 words]: Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips says that the first refrain of this was often whistled rather than sung. - SL
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File: Hugi054

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