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 Post subject: The Big Ship Sails
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012 06:11 
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Acknowledgement to wonderful (Brainz . Org.)for this article.

The big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
The ally-ally-oh, the ally-ally-oh
Oh, the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
On the last day of September.
The captain said it will never, never do
Never, never do, never, never do
The captain said it will never, never do
On the last day of September.
The big ship sank to the bottom of the sea
The bottom of the sea, the bottom of the sea
The big ship sank to the bottom of the sea
On the last day of September.
We all dip our heads in the deep blue sea
The deep blue sea, the deep blue sea
We all dip our heads in the deep blue sea
On the last day of September.
The origins of this depressing dirge are unknown. However, there is speculation that it refers to the Manchester Ship canal, which was built for ocean-going ships and opened in 1894. It is the eighth-longest ship canal in the world, and is only slightly shorter than the Panama Canal.
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 Post subject: Re: The Big Ship Sails
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012 18:07 
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Hi Reg,
That song took me back a bit, it was used as a skipping song when I was a kid. The girls used to skip to the rhythm of the song and jump in and out as the verses changed. We never gave a thought to where the song came from,it was just one of the many in the skippers repetoire. I found out about the Manchester ship canal connection when I was in senior school,
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