DESCRIPTION: Hugill lists this as a German version of "Long Time Ago." Translated text tells of a captain making a deal with the devil to get him to port on time. The Devil complies but then the Captain gets the best of him by splicing his tail to the anchor.
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor Devil bargaining trick
FOUND IN: Germany
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 104-105, "De Hoffnung" (2 texts-German & English)
cf. "A Long Time Ago" (tune, chorus)
cf. "Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail" [Laws B17] (theme)
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