One quick question: Do you know what shanties are and how did they get four million views on TikTok?
We bet, you don’t! But for answers, we turned to the
favorite app of Gen Z, where teenagers are fiddling, banging drums and singing
songs about rum and sugar….
You guessed it right; it’s TikTok!
You might be scratching your head and wondering what has
happened to this generation? Well, in the world where anything we see is chaos
and instability, a social platform where people find refuge and comfort by
making memes, a social community that considers any absurdity as a meme
material, it shouldn’t be a surprise that sea shanties return!
Guess it makes much
more sense now!
Wait…What? Are we seriously doing shanties now! How is that
There are no definitive theories that suggest what inspired
this generation, but we do know that it’s happening…
its 21st century… what sea shanties exactly are?
Sea shanties are a kind of “maritime work song”
that was once commonly sung aboard large and tall merchant sailing vessels –
old-fashioned vessels whose function involves combined efforts and simultaneous
motions of several sailor bods. You might have even seen this phenomenon in the
90’s cartoon such as Popeye the sailorman
According to Historic-UK.com, sailors have been singing
shanties since mid-1400s to make sure that all the crew members “pushed or
pulled, precisely at the same time.” A shantyman set the rhythm and the
other follows. It has been said that a good shantyman was equal to four additional
hands on the rope because of his ability to pace the labor.
Shanties usually consist of catchy and simple verses that go
on repetitively in a particular theme and rhythm.
Check out the most disgusting, failed and mysterious TikTok videos!
Shanties are no longer a thing
because of the advent of steamships until now when few teenagers on the TikTok
decided to revive this old work song most surprisingly!
Historically, sailors! But the credit for their revival goes
to TikTok, where teenagers have been participating in harmonised rounds of
shanties remotely for the last few weeks.
A TikTok user, Nathan Evans, was the one who started it with
a song called “the Scotsman” and it became viral! “It went wild.
I don’t really know what happened,” says Evans, a Scottish singer.
He uploaded another TikTok video of himself singing “Wallerman,”
a 19th century shanty inspired by the Weller Brothers’ ships that
sailed in the 1800s between Australia and New Zealand’s waters.
And that was when things started getting really really interesting!
With the app’s duet feature’s help, multiple users joined
Evans in the song, a few more!
Eventually, the song became a multi-voices harmony, and it’s
And here’s how viral TikTok #shantyTok was born!
Wait a minute… we’re talking about Gen Z here! Isn’t it hard
for them to settle with very old music? Well, yes! That’s why they have started
turning popular songs into sea shanties; obviously, Cardi B’s “W.A.P”
is also included!
Wellerman to Drunken Sailor to W.A.P!
“Macroni in a poty, yo-ho! That’s a Wet-A-P” who
would have thought that…. We’re now waiting for CardiB’s reaction!
Even the Washington Post’s official TikTok guy also jumped
on the bandwagon and joined the TikTok shanty ship!
Sea Shanties are viral now and for all the right reasons! Whether
you’re an actual sailor or the last pirate, TikTok sea-shanty ship is open for
all… so, what are you waiting for? Grab a rope and join the party!
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