This tops'l halyard shanty was the most popular hauling song raised by Norse seamen aboard Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish sailing ships. Actually it is a form of the English "Blow the Man Down." None of the Scandinavian seaports had regular sailortowns like those found in ports of France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, aand Britain. But even so, there did exist rather tatty streets in the areas near the docks of larger seaports or near the quays of smaller ports. It was there that madams and prostitutes were to be found.
Ane Madam and Madam Felle would have been such "ladies". Unfortunately, we know very little about them. The translator was of the opinion that the last two verses of this shanty contained double meanings, both rather obscene.
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Annie Madam was a beautiful maid, Ch: Ah haa! Annie Madam! Annie Madam had a fatherless babe. Ch: Ah haa! Annie Madam!
Come seamen now set yer snowy white sails, Come hoist yer gans'ls and lofts royals.
But first let us head out to Sandvigen town, An' there with the girls we will let sorrow drown.
To Madam Felle's, oh, a visit we'll pay, An' from our thick heads clear the cobwebs away.
With nettles and straw she had bunged up the door, As she'd had her fill of us sailors before.
But just then there came a wild nor'west wind, The door it burst open - the sailors rolled in.