Cape Cod Girls

DESCRIPTION: "Cape Cod Girls they have no combs, Heave away, heave away! They comb their hair with codfish bones...." "Heave away and don't you make a noise, For we're bound for Australia." Sundry lyrics on the oddities of Cape Cod girls
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor separation nonballad talltale
FOUND IN: US(NE) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Colcord, p. 91, "The Codfish Shanty" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, 196, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 152-153]
Creighton-NovaScotia 120, "Hanstead Boys" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 50-51, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
Lomax-FSNA 23, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-SeaSongs, p. 84, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 561-562, "Cape Cod Shanty" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, pp. 244-245, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text, tune referenced)
Darling-NAS, pp. 316-317, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 96, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
DT, CAPCODGL

Roud #325
RECORDINGS:
Charity Bailey, "Cape Cod Girls" (on GrowOn2)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "South Australia (I)"
cf. "Round the Bay of Mexico" (lyrics)
NOTES: There is no true dividing line between this song and "South Australia"; they merge into each other. However, the difference in local colour and focus is enough that they should be separated. Some versions of "South Australia" even have a rudimentary plot, and the tune can be somewhat different. The problem is classifying the intermediate versions.... - RBW
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