“Deep Blue Sea (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955 (recording, Pete Seeger)
Keywords: death burial drowning floatingverses lullaby
Found in: US

Description

"Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea...It was Willie what got drownded in the deep blue sea"; "Dig his grave with a silver spade..."; "Lower him down with a golden chain..."

Notes

In this case, perhaps we should refer to "sinkingverses." This song should not be confused with "The Deep Blue Sea", aka "Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea," as recorded by the Carter Family. It may have been a shanty at some point. - PJS

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Recordings

References

  1. PSeeger-AFB, p. 76, "Deep Blue Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 58, "Deep Blue Sea" (1 text)
  3. DT, DEEPBLUE*
  4. Roud #3119
  5. BI, PSAFB076