In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes,there will be singing, About the dark times.
— Bertolt Brecht
A chantey is a type of traditional folk song that was commonly sung as a work song to accompany rhythmical labour aboard large sailing vessels.
Chanties helped coordinate group muscle,kept communication going,taught about the sailors’ code and even as a kind of therapy.They had to be simple,so that sailors with different languages could all sing them together.