Et Nous Irons a Valapariso
DESCRIPTION: Shanty. Consists of four verses and four different choruses. Verses have general sailing themes. Choruses borrow from "Homeward Bound" and "Blow the Man Down." Mostly in French, some choruses in English.
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage shanty
FOUND IN: England France
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 129-130, "Et Nous Irons a Valapariso" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Blow the Man Down" (partial tune)
cf. "Homeward Bound (I)" (partial tune and chorus)
Goodbye, Farewell (French)
NOTES [71 words]: Note on French shanties with English choruses - Hugill supposes the beginnings of this practice date to the American Revolution when due to blockades in New England, many of the whaling families of that region transported themselves to Milford Haven and Dunkirk, reforming the sperm whaling industry there. This influx of New England whalers into Dunkirk would also have influenced the shanties in that part of the world. - SL
The correct title of this piece is "Et Nous Irons à Valapariso."
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