Bargeman's Alphabet, The
DESCRIPTION: "A is for anchor we carry on the bow... So merrily, so merrily, so merrily are we, There's none so blithe as a bargeman at sea... Given an old barge a breeze and you cannot go wrong." Typical alphabet song, ending "And X Y and Z is the name on our stern"
EARLIEST DATE: 1986 (Palmer-OxfordBookOfSeaSongs), but recorded no later than 1982
KEYWORDS: sailor nonballad ship wordplay
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Palmer-OxfordBookOfSeaSongs 142, "The Bargeman's ABC" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [27 words]: Roud lumps this with "The Sailor's Alphabet," and it seems likely that the one inspired the other. But this has been rewritten just enough that I split them. - RBW
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