“Sailor’s Valentine”

Sailors who manned Tall Ships loved to sing, and they loved women. Women ashore also loved to sing, often of the sailors for whose return they longed. Many traditional and historic songs of sea and seaports expressed true and faithful love, while others told of sailors’ lusting in distant ports, or of women who grew weary of living alone while their sailor loves sailed the seas. Some songs, like “The Daemon Lover’s Return,” are mystical. “The Dark-Eyed Sailor” tells of the reward of mutual faithfulness. “Serafina” offers a lusty look at relations in a distant port. “The Nantucket Girl’s Song” presents the independence of women at home while their husbands were at sea. Altogether, these great old songs speak of the enduring complexities of men and women in love, and of the battle of the sexes.

You’re invited to hear and sing along on Wednesday, February 13th, starting at 7:00 PM, when the Pembroke Library’s monthly Chantey Sing presents “Sailor’s Valentine: Sea Songs of Sweet-Hearts, Faithful and False,” led by “From Away Downeast,” America’s Easternmost Chantey Group, featuring Susan & Stephen Sanfilippo and Jim Sherman. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. The Pembroke Library is located at 221 Old County Road, Pembroke, opposite the old fairgrounds. For information call 207-726-4747 or 207-726-4745, or email   seasongs@207me.com .