Compiled and annotated by a longtime Naval officer and author of the acclaimed thriller Tiger Cruise, this unexpurgated collection of genuine sea chanties is not for small children, but it's an unrestrained look into another side of military life and literature.
Sung for as long as sailors have gone to the sea in ships, chanties helped to make shipboard tasks easier and to pass the time on years-long voyages. Each generation of sailors adapted the songs to their own needs and cultures, forming an unbroken link from the nuclear-powered navies of today to the age of sail.
Annotated with explanations of Naval terms and life--including some of the bawdier parts of a sailor's life--What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? is a delight for both history and music buffs, as well as an offbeat gift for people with naval backgrounds.