Ye Old Sea Shanties – Traditional Sailor Folk Songs Gone Viral

An idea, song, or fad that goes viral is a phenomenon that’s not well understood.  Sometimes, something just clicks, and people suddenly discover they share a common sensibility and interest that underlies our common humanity. After a year of COVID confinement; from being locked in with no where to go, to hoarding toilet papers, people have perhaps grown weary of being so wary.

It’s not surprising that people have become nostalgic for the open ocean and sailing ships of a bygone era, when nature was nature and men were men, and sea shanties were all the rage. In the latest craze to hit the internet, direct from a post ban TikTok, comes the amazing harmony of an old whaling shanty, The Wellerman Song.