What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor? Paperback – May 2002
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From the Publisher
Douglas Morgan spent many years in the Navy before finishing up his doctorate and turning to--among other things--a writing career, and he's still never far from the sea, at least metaphorically. There have been many collections of sea chanties, but very few of them print the chanties the way they are actually sung, or put them into the context of the Naval and maritime traditions in which they are created. Every one of these songs was actually sung at sea, on the ships where Douglas Morgan served. His marvelous annotations lay out the background, people, terms, and places that the songs celebrate, as well as showing how they still fit into today's Navy. Despite Doug's academic background, his annotations aren't dry commentaries on dead folklore; they are filled with jokes, intra-service barbs, variant songs, bizarre people, and everything else readers need to understand--or relive, for fellow sailors--what is still a vital, growing body of music, sung in hundreds of variants on hundreds of ships to this day.
About the Author
Douglas Morgan spent years in the US Navy first as an enlisted man, and later as an officer. Along the way he sailed every major body of water where the US Navy can fit a ship, picked up an incredible amount of folklore--very little of which can be printed in family-oriented publications--and an advanced degree in English literature. He is the author of Tiger Cruise, a military thriller involving Indonesian pirates who hijack an American destroyer carrying nuclear arms. He could tell you more, but then he'd have to kill you.
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Doug Morgan is a born storyteller, and has the sensibility of a defrocked academic who's spent a lot of time hanging out in low dives. He can explain high lit, arcane history, and dirty 19th C. double entendres, not to mention why so many songs about naughty ladies mention Baltimore (the rhyme is irresistible).
Buy this book. One way or another, it'll be an education.
you'd expect from sailors, (or 14 year old schoolboys). But the
real highlight of the book is the explanation of the jargon used, origins,and history of the songs. Also, some nice illusrtations. For the scholar and neophyte alike.
And I also like the the explanation of rather unused words in the today language.
It is a pitty that Stan Hugill and Frederick Pease Harlow never trusted them selfs to also write down these shantytexts in the great books they wrote about the subject.