“Ane Madam”


Norwegian halyard or capstan shanty. Brief storyline of sailors going ashore and finding that the proprietor of the inn they last visited has barred the door against them. Other verses describe hoisting sails, etc. Sung to the tune of "Blow the Man Down."


Hugill says this was the most popular of all of Scandinavia halyard shanties. Two versions are given -- the first was a halyard shanty and the second was used at the capstan. - SL

Cross references


  1. Hugill, pp. 215-216, "Ane Madam" (2 texts, both in Norwegian and English)
  2. BI, Hugi215


Alternate titles: “Annie Madam”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Brochmann's _Opsang Fra Seilskibstiden_)
Found in: Scandinavia