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We come on the Sloop John B
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Harrison Hill
2018-07-09 17:06:00 UTC
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Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
reply:

"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".

How about:

"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
Ken Blake
2018-07-09 18:28:45 UTC
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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:06:00 -0700 (PDT), Harrison Hill
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Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".
"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
"Come" might be meant as a past tense in that song, but it also could
be present tense. We are coming on the sloop John B.
David Kleinecke
2018-07-09 20:45:46 UTC
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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:06:00 -0700 (PDT), Harrison Hill
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Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".
"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
"Come" might be meant as a past tense in that song, but it also could
be present tense. We are coming on the sloop John B.
I learned the song with "came" but "come" sounds OK to
me as Caribbean English.

From memory:

We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
Richard Tobin
2018-07-09 20:50:31 UTC
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I learned the song with "came" but "come" sounds OK to
me as Caribbean English.
We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
If you're happy with "break up" then it would be strange to
object to "come".

-- Richard
David Kleinecke
2018-07-09 21:20:28 UTC
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I learned the song with "came" but "come" sounds OK to
me as Caribbean English.
We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
If you're happy with "break up" then it would be strange to
object to "come".
I have no idea what "break up" means in Nassau but it is an
OK English idiom regardless. A song is a song.
Richard Tobin
2018-07-10 09:19:16 UTC
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I learned the song with "came" but "come" sounds OK to
me as Caribbean English.
We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
If you're happy with "break up" then it would be strange to
object to "come".
I have no idea what "break up" means in Nassau but it is an
OK English idiom regardless. A song is a song.
It's the present tense of "broken up". Many versions of the lyrics
have "broke up".

-- Richard
HVS
2018-07-10 10:02:52 UTC
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I learned the song with "came" but "come" sounds OK to
me as Caribbean English.
We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
If you're happy with "break up" then it would be strange to
object to "come".
I have no idea what "break up" means in Nassau but it is an
OK English idiom regardless. A song is a song.
It's the present tense of "broken up". Many versions of the lyrics
have "broke up".
"We come on the sloop John B" and "I feel so broke up" is what I've always
thought it was from when I first heard the song. (Beach Boys version.)
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Cheers, Harvey
CanEng (30yrs) and BrEng (34yrs), indiscriminately mixed
Reinhold {Rey} Aman
2018-07-09 21:16:31 UTC
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We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
--
~~~ Reinhold {Rey} Aman ~~~
Peter Moylan
2018-07-09 23:34:00 UTC
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We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Come, Mister Taliban,
Tally me banana.
--
Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Harrison Hill
2018-07-10 10:21:24 UTC
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We came on the sloop John B.
My grandfather and me.
Round Nassau town we did roam
I feel so break up
I wanna go home.
Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Come, Mister Taliban,
Tally me banana.
Is that a mondegreen or the Afghan version?

RH Draney
2018-07-09 21:45:01 UTC
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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:06:00 -0700 (PDT), Harrison Hill
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Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".
"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
"Come" might be meant as a past tense in that song, but it also could
be present tense. We are coming on the sloop John B.
Weren't we informed by a past regular that Choctaw tends to express all
thoughts in the present tense?...r
Madrigal Gurneyhalt
2018-07-09 22:47:43 UTC
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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:06:00 -0700 (PDT), Harrison Hill
Post by Harrison Hill
Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".
"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
"Come" might be meant as a past tense in that song, but it also could
be present tense. We are coming on the sloop John B.
Weren't we informed by a past regular that Choctaw tends to express all
thoughts in the present tense?...r
As do English footballers!
Mack A. Damia
2018-07-10 00:38:55 UTC
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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:06:00 -0700 (PDT), Harrison Hill
Post by Harrison Hill
Estuary English doesn't recognise "came", and would always
"How did you get here?"
"We come on the bus".
"We come on the Sloop John B..."?
"Come" might be meant as a past tense in that song, but it also could
be present tense. We are coming on the sloop John B.
Weren't we informed by a past regular that Choctaw tends to express all
thoughts in the present tense?...r
I guess you know the tune:

Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
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