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July 4, 2008 3:58 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know who sang this variant of the Santianna/Santy Anno shanty?
posted by Snyder to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
Perhaps you could contact gunnersox, the person who posted it.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:48 AM on July 4, 2008

I think it might be the version by the Pyrates Royale on this CD: http://www.pyrates.com/recordings/lyve.html

There is a link there to a review of the CD with this description: "Feisty Peg Riley, with her booming voice, is featured on “Santianno”, done in her own way, telling the story from a female pirate’s point of view. "

Sounds like it might the same version, but I couldn't find anyway to play a preview to be sure.
posted by interplanetjanet at 9:42 AM on July 4, 2008

Thanks interplaentjanet! I was able to find an mp3 of the track you mention, and I was able to confirm that it is indeed what I'm looking for.
posted by Snyder at 11:24 AM on July 4, 2008

It's not an unusual variant - there are traditional antecedents - but the guitar and fast tempo make the arrangement contemporary. It would never have been sung that way aboard ship. But that melody and set of lyrics are as common in the chantey tradition as other variants.
posted by Miko at 1:05 PM on July 4, 2008

Oh yeah, I know, it's way too fast for a capstan shanty, but I liked the lyrics and was unable to find any source for them on the net.
posted by Snyder at 1:13 PM on July 4, 2008

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