“Sailor’s Valentine” Sea Songs & Sweet-Hearts

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 the sea and of 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 sailors were away. 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, women, and many kinds of love.


You’re invited on Wednesday, February 15th, starting at 7:00 PM, when the Pembroke Library’s monthly Chantey Sing led by “From Away Downeast,” America’s Easternmost Chantey Group. The Pembroke Library, with full handicap accessibility, is located at 221 Old County Road, Pembroke. email   seasonghistory@gmail.com