DESCRIPTION: Basically a lament for Johnny, who apparently died and was buried at sea. "We're homeward bound today ... We'll drink and play (etc) but always think of Johnny" Chorus: "In the middle of the sea, my boy is floating free, so far away from me, my love."
EARLIEST DATE: 1921 (Richard Runciman Terry, _The Shanty Book_)
KEYWORDS: foc's'le shanty lament farewell
FOUND IN: Britain
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 539-540, "My Johnny" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Rather slow and sentimental for a shanty, but Terry's source said it was used at the capstan. - SL
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