Press Gang (I), The
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a press gang in London who ask if he'd join the fleet. He agrees after they tell "shocking lies" to him about life on board. Once on board he is flogged. He had run away from his wife but now would be happy not to go to sea again.
EARLIEST DATE: 1915 (ENMacCollSeeger02)
KEYWORDS: sea ship ordeal sailor pressgang lie abuse
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Reeves/Sharp-TheIdiomOfThePeople 62, "Man of War" (1 text)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "The Press Gang" (on ENMacCollSeeger02)
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