Sing, Sally O!
DESCRIPTION: There are two versions, one a halyard and the other a capstan shanty. Characteristic refrain is "Sing Sally O, an' a fol-lol-de-day." The verses of the capstan version have a general whoring theme and are speaking to a "Mudder or Mammy Dinah."
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
KEYWORDS: shanty worksong whore sailor
FOUND IN: West Indies Britain
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Colcord, p. 60, "Sing Sally O!" (1 text, 1 tune - 1 verse only, no choruses)
Hugill, pp. 388-389, "Sing, Sally O!" (2 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 296-297]
Sharp-EFC, XXXI, p. 36, "Sing, Sally O" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, p. 233, (second of four "Fragments from Maryland") (1 fragment, which I link to this on the basis of the mention of Mammy Dinah, though it might be anything)
cf. "Hawl Away, Joe" (tune)
cf. "Sally Brown" (some verses)
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