SANTA ANNA

Latest update on 17/09/2020

Artist: Jimmy Cronin & William Fender
Author: traditional
Label: L.o.C.
Year: 1928

Two seamen recorded by James Carpenter in London and Barry. Carpenter was an American professor on a mission searching for sea shanties in the harbors of England armed with recording devises. On L.o.C. cassette Shanties & Sea Songs.

Covers:

1952:

Charles Boyle

1954:

Odetta [as Santy Anno on her debut album for Fantasy; was the name of a ship rounding Cape Horn to reach the westcoast of America during the 1848 goldrush]

1955:

A.H. Rasmussen [in Norway]

1957:

Paul Clayton

1958:

Kingston Trio

1959:

Dave Van Ronk [ode to Mexican general Santa Anna; the Lomaxes collected a version in 1940 as On The Plains Of Mexico, but the oldest variation surviving (as Santa Anna's Dead & Gone) dates from around 1887]

1960:

Highwaymen [as Santiano]

1961:

Jimmy Driftwood

1962:

Hugues Aufray [as Santiano, his first hit; translated by Jacques Plante; in France Santiano's became the name of the cowboy boots Aufray was wearing]

1963:

Weavers

1966:

Watersons [as On The Plains Of Mexico]

1966:

A.L. Lloyd

1972:

Steeleye Span

1992:

Spider John Koerner

2005:

Star Academy 5 [crediting Aufray & Plante]

2008:

Jefferson Starship [as Santy Anno]

Sea shanty relating to the Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, commander in chief during the Mexican-American war (1846-1848). The Americans won, gaining Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. No matter his defeats, Santa Anna was the hero just for resisting and keep resisting. The stanzas about his death were added later. Like all shanties there's as many versions circulating as there were ships sailing. There's another theory situating the origin in Brittany (France). Sainte Anne was the patron saint of Breton fishermen.

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