A really terrific TV performance from TEF from his weekly show.
According to a comment added by George Orwell on this YouTube channel page:
The song originally is about a mountain man who falls in love with a Native American princess. Shenandoah is the name of her father the tribal leader. The mountain asks the princess to meet him on the bank of a river to run away together. Instead Shenandoah moves his entire tribe. The song is the mountain man calling to Shenandoah to please come back. The song evolved into a sailing song…….”the topsails shiver”….it relates to every sailor who feels the loneliness and leaving at sea.