DESCRIPTION: Windlass shanty. "I nebber seen de like sence I ben born! Way, ay, ay, ay, ay! Nigger on de ice an a hoein' up corn, Way, ay, ay, ay, ay! Ten stone! ten stone! ten stone de win' am ober, Jenny get along, Jenny blow de horn, as we go marchin ober!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (Bullen & Arnold, _Songs of Sea Labor_)
KEYWORDS: shanty worksong sailor
FOUND IN: West Indies
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, p. 268, "Ten Stone" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 198]
cf. "I Belong to that Band" (lyrics)
NOTES [36 words]: This may well be related to the mess of material filed under "I Belong to that Band"; it has some of the same lines, and is utterly disorganized. But the total material found in each is simply too small to be sure. - RBW
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