What is in the Pot A-boiling

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What is in the Pot A-boiling in my opinion is definitely pulling shanty, the construction verses, and choruses clearly show it, however, Stan Hugill did not specify this clearly, but he left underscored words on choruses in music notation. According to this notation, we can be sure this song is a halyard shanty. Stan Hugill took this song from Cecil J. Sharp’s “Folk Song Society Journal (England Folk Song and Dance Society)” 1916: Vol 5 Iss 20. From Cecil Sharp’s description, this song has been sung by Mr. H. C. Alison (Of Perth Scotland), at Stratford-On-Avon, Aug. 29th, 1914. In my reconstruction, I will sing this shanty as a halyard.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shantymen And Shantyboys” by William Main Doerflinger (1951).

The lyrics:  “Shantymen And Shantyboys” by William Main Doerflinger (1951).

Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 166).

The Record of the What is in the Pot A-boiling

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The musical notation of the What is in the Pot A-boiling

What is in the Pot A-boiling music notation

The full lyrics

What is in the Pot A-boiling

What is in the pot a-boiling?
– O row, HEAVE and go!
Two sheep’s spunks and an apple dumpling,
– O row, HEAVE and go!

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