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September 4, 2011 11:04 AM Subscribe
Looking for some background I swear
I read related the song "Sloop John B" to tales of ghost ships, zombies and other nautical/Caribbean folklore.
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"Sloop John B" is my all-time favorite Beach Boys song. I know a little bit about the history of the ditty — from Carl Sandburg to Alan Lomax — but in the course of my casual research I swear I read something referring to the eponymous vessel as a ghost ship, not unlike The Flying Dutchman.
I also remember reading that the name of the ship is a bastardization of the word "zombie." In the Caribbean, a "jumbee" is a spirit or demon, and that word looks and sounds a lot like "John B." This would seem to support the ghost ship legend.
However, I cannot for the life of me find this info online, and I know I didn't come up with it on my own. So where the hell did I read this?