DESCRIPTION: "Sister Sue and my (Aunt/gal) Sal, Gwine to git a home bime by-high. All gwine to lib down shin-bone al; Gwine to git a home bime by." Various verses on working, sailing, complaints. Noted as a Barbadian hand over hand.
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Bullen, _The Log of a Sea Waif_)
KEYWORDS: worksong shanty
FOUND IN: US West Indies
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Harlow, pp. 200-201, "Gwine to Git a Home Bime By" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 390-391 "Sister Susan" (1 text, tune) [AbEd, p. 299]
NOTES: Bullen transcribed this shanty, and described the time he first heard it in his book The Log of a Sea Waif. He also included it later included in his collection Songs of Sea Labor. Hugill mentions that "Shinbone Alley" is a place name often referred to in American Negro songs. - SL
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