Lowlands Low (III)
DESCRIPTION: Halyard shanty. "Our packet is the Island Lass, Low-lands, low-lands, low-lands, low! There's a nigger howlin' at the main top mast, Low-lands, low-lands, low-lands, low!" Verses mostly complaints and rhymes about sailing.
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
KEYWORDS: shanty work
FOUND IN: West Indies
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Hugill, pp. 70-71, "Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEb, pp. 64-65]
Sharp-EFC, XXIX, p. 34, "Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Hugill says this is from ships the West Indian trade (sugar and rum), many of which had "chequerboard" crews, i.e. one watch white and one watch coloured. - SL
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