Originally Posted by Zephuros
Wow, those were great, especially the Shiver Me Timbers. Took me back to 5 years of age when asked what I wanted to be I said "A beach bum". But that was before I discovered sailboats. Sinbad was my hero. Scheherazade my favorite music, even today.
I knew a guy in LA in the 60's that had a full reel (remember reel to reel?) of old sailing ditties. One I remember begins "Hoist the sails me hardies, and water the decks with brine, bend to the oars you lousy (rhyme needed here), the rest gets worse.
I remember others, but that was the nicest one.
Ha! That's funny. I enjoyed your childhood story, too. Yes, I remember reel to reels...used to have one.
I used to practically live in one of the trees in our front yard. My dad had planted 3 of them, one was straight up, another was pulled over at a 45 degree angle, and the last was pulled over parallel to the ground. When they got about 5 years old, they were huge, and wonderful climbing trees. I sat in the 45 degree tree all the time (used to run up it barefooted) and pretended to be on a sailing ship. Good memories. I think that's why I liked Pirates of the Caribbean so much...it reminded me of my childhood.