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Sailors' song, whose stanzas, subject to occasional extemporization, were sung by a leader while others joined in the rhythmical refrain, intended to make easier such work as pulling ropes or moving the capstan. Many chanteys originated among American sailors, and others among lumbermen in the forests of Maine and the Northwest. “The Rio Grande,” “Shenandoah,” and “Blow the Man Down” are well-known examples of the type.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Literature.

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