Round the Corner, Sally
DESCRIPTION: Short-haul or halyard shanty. "Round the corner we will go, round the corner Sally." Verses refer to women or places where women may be found.
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor whore
FOUND IN: Britain US
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Colcord, p. 45, "Round the Corner" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 389-390, "Round the Corner, Sally" (2 texts, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 297-298]
Sharp-EFC, XLII, p. 47, "Round the Corner, Sally" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: According to Hugill "round-the-corner-sallies" are at least loose women and often full-fledged prostitutes. - SL
Dana's Two Years Before the Mast lists a song "Round the Corner" as a favorite shanty in his sailing days. If it is this piece, it would provide an Earliest Date for the song -- but Colcord notes that there is no reason to identiry them. Indeed, she seems to think them distinct -- but her reason is that this song is "almost too slight" to have merited mention. This would be a stronger argument if her text didn't look rather bowdlerized. - RBW
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