Scow Nettie Fly, The

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, sailor, come gather and list to my ditty, To picture aright this hero I'll try. He seldom was sober... He's Captain Poulan of the scow Nellie Fly." In a storm, he drinks. He gives orders to the mate; both take a drink. When they arrive, he drinks
AUTHOR: supposedly Ralph Chene and other rivermen in the 1880s
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (collected from Ralph Chene by Walton)
KEYWORDS: sailor ship drink humorous
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Walton/Grimm/Murdock, pp. 164-165, "De Scow Nettie Fly" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 40, #2 (1995), p, 93, "The Scow Nettie Fly" (1 text, 1 tune)

NOTES: Walton gives no tune for this, but I strongly suspect it's "The Cumberland Crew."
The notes in Sing Out! (which transcribes Lee Murdock's version) do not say where the tune came from; the implication is that it's from the Walton collection, but I assume Murdock supplied it. It is not "The Cumberland Crew." - RBW
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File: WGM164

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