This is 2021 and maritime blackmail has taken over TikTok. Wood shakes me.
For those who don’t know what a sea urchin is, it’s a kind of work song that was sung to the rhythm of the rhythmic work of large merchant ships. As early as 1849, the author Herman Melville emphasized the importance of musically talented sailors in Redburn. “It’s great for a sailor to know how to sing well, because he gets a great name from the officers and great popularity among his teammates,” he wrote. “Some sea captains, before sending a man, always ask him if he can sing on a rope.”