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Posted: 29-Sep-2006, 04:16 AM
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hi folks! I'm an italian musician fond of sea shanties and pub songs. I play that music since 1999 with an acoustic band. because of not all the people that come 2 c us understand the lyrics of the tunes we're playing we use 2 provide them a booklet with some translations.
I know my english is not so good s it should b and this is y I ask u what does "JOLLY ROVING TAR" mean (u r expected 2 provide me the meaning in english, not in italian, of course...).
I know only u can help us.
tha anyway.
have a nice day.
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Posted: 29-Sep-2006, 05:54 AM
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Tar is an old slang term for a sailor. They used to TAR their hair in to a pigtail to keep it out of their face. As such, a Jolly Roving Tar would be a happy seaman.
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Posted: 30-Sep-2006, 11:17 AM
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Yes, a "tar" is a sailor. Interesting about the pigtail, Dogshirt. To expand it even more, a jolly ROVING tar would be a happy seaman who gets around. smile.gif
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Yes, a "tar" is a sailor. Interesting about the pigtail, Dogshirt. To expand it even more, a jolly ROVING tar would be a happy seaman who gets around.




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