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Uploaded on Mar 22, 2009
A traditional whaling song as arranged by Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger in their days with the Weavers more than fifty years ago, performed by Jim Moran of the folk group The Chilly Winds from his solo album "Glen Lake Memories."
Seeger and Hellerman added the fragment of a Barbadian song that opens and closes the number and slowed the tempo down a bit from the original song, which has been covered dozens of times since the Weavers recording, notably by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners, The Pogues, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Theo Bikel, Judy Collins, and many more.
The video is a montage of mostly period illustrations from the height of the whaling era between 1800 and 1850.