The Big Ship Sails

Album: Nursery Rhymes (1880)
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  • Also known as "The Big Ship Sails On The Ally-Ally-Oh" - and doubtless other variants - this well-known children's song appears to have started life as a nursery rhyme, although as with many folk songs its precise origin is unknown. There has been some suggestion that it was inspired by the Manchester Ship Canal or even by the Panama Canal, though unlike many nursery rhymes which have sinister origins, it is probably a simple and amusing playground ditty. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
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