Sailor's Alphabet, The

DESCRIPTION: Capstan/pumping shanty; sailors remember the alphabet and tell of their, "merry" lives: "A is the anchor that hangs o'er the bow/And B is the bowsprit that bends like a bow.... So merry, so merry, so merry are we/No mortals on earth like a sailor at sea"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: sea ship work nonballad wordplay worksong sailor worker
FOUND IN: Britain(England) US(MA,MW,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Walton/Grimm/Murdock, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (2 texts, 1 tune)
ThompsonNewYork, pp. 194-195, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (1 text, incompletely remembered)
BrownIII 229, "Alphabet of the Ship" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 229, "Alphabet of the SHip" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Morris, #25, "The Seaman's Alphabet" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 885-886, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 98, "Alphabet Song" (2 texts, 1 tune; the "C" text is "The Logger's Alphabet")
Harlow, pp. 52-54, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 456-458, "The Bosun's Alphabet," "Old English Chantey" (2 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 341-342]

Roud #159
RECORDINGS:
Clifford Jenkins et al, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (on LastDays)
Sam Larner, "Alphabet Song" (on SLarner01); "The Sailor's Alphabet" (on Voice12)
Capt. Leighton Robinson, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (on AFS, 1951; on LC26)
Leighton Robinson w. Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur & Leighton McKenzie, "Sailor's Alphabet" (on AFS 4230 B, 1939; in AMMEM/Cowell)
Mrs. Gladys Snow, "The Sailor's Alphabet" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Logger's Alphabet" (subject, form) and references there
NOTES: We've cross-referenced this enough that it deserves its own entry, although it's identical in form to "The Logger's Alphabet." - PJS
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