DESCRIPTION: Shanty, with chorus, "John come down the backstay... John Dameray." The singer's mother urges him to come home; he decides to do so, for he has "no money and no clothes." He vows, "From sea I will keep clear, and live by selling beer"
EARLIEST DATE: 1893
KEYWORDS: shanty drink poverty homesickness
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman, pp. 8-9, "John Dameray" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, pp. 272-273, "John Dameray," "Johnny, Come Down the Backstay" (2 texts, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 201-202]
ST Doe008 (Partial)
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