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Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #8

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Song: Robin Holcomb: Dead Horse (2:55 minutes)
from Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.
Buy CD in Germany and elsewhere.
Image: Isolated Instances of Non-Gravity: Darling, January 21, 2008.


1. Poor old man came ridin’ along
And we say so,
And we hope so.
Poor old man came ridin’ along,
Poor old man.

2. Well poor old man your horse he must die.

3. Well thirty days have come and gone.

4. And now we are on a good month’s pay.

5. So give them grog for the thirtieth day.

6. Then up hail ox to the old main yard arm
And we say so,
And we hope so.
Then cut him drip and do him no harm,
Poor old man.

Explanatory liner notes by ANTI-:

A highly revered tradition on early sailing ships was the ceremony of “paying off the dead horse”. Merchant sailors typically received their first month’s pay in advance. Thus, it was not until after the first 30 days of a voyage that new wages were being earned. A canvas horse effigy was dragged across the deck, hoisted to the main yardarm to this chantey, and dropped into the sea.

Written by Wolf

1. December 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Siren Sounds

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  1. […] oder etwas nahm Anstoß daran, dass mein Video zu Robin Holcomb: Dead Horse nackte Brüste zur Schau […]

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