Round the Bay of Mexico

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Title - Round the Bay of Mexico
Contributors - Ewan MacColl
Reporters - Unknown (adult, gender unknown)

Summary - A shanty that derives from the economic 'war' between two Liverpool shipping lines:

Around the Bay of Mexico,
[Refrain:] Hey, Susianna!
O, Mexico is the place I belong in.
[Refrain:] Round the Bay of Mexico.


Them Liverpool girls they love me so ...
Because I don't tell 'em all I know ...

Them Liverpool girls ain't got no comb ...
They comb their hair with a kipper backbone ...

When I was a young girl in my prime ...
I knocked them pretty boys two at a time ...

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:15
Date Recorded - 1953.10
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 61813
Original Tape ID - SA1953.242
Original Track ID - SA1953.242.A3
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R207;

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - 4 verses (couplets with interlinear refrain).
'Folk Song USA' (A. Lomax, 1947) pp. 136-137
'Folk Songs of North America' (A. Lomax, 1960) p. 54
'Sam Henry's Songs of the People' (G. Huntington, 1990) pp. 96-97
'Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman' (W. M. Doerflinger, 1972) pp. 78-80

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