Haul Away Joe

Traditional sea shanty


This example of "Haul Away Joe" is performed by the Jolly Rogers on their album The No Refunds! Live Concert album, available from the Chivalry Music store.
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Notes: (taken from Shanties of the Seven Seas)  Haul Away, Joe! is a tack and sheet shanty, although it may have been used as a halyard song.  According to T.E. Elwell,  'pull' or 'haul' was often sung instead of 'Joe' at the end of the refrain, to correspond with the action.    This shanty was usually sung with an Irish accent.   Verses 6 and 7 are probably from the shore-song Aunt Jemima's Plaster. On account of many versions of Haul Away, Joe starting with a verse 'Haul away my Rosy', this sheet shanty is given this title by some writers.

When I was a little lad and so me mother told me,
Way haul away, we'll haul away Joe.
That if I did not kiss the girls me lips would grow all moldy.
Way haul away, we'll haul away Joe.

Way haul away, we'll haul for better weather.
Away haul away, we'll haul away Joe.
Way haul away, we'll haul away together.
Away haul away, we'll haul away Joe.

King Louis was the king of France before the revolution.
And then he got his head chopped off it spoiled his constitution

Saint Patrick was a gentleman. He came from decent people.
He built a church in Dublin town and on it put a steeple.

Once I was in Ireland a'digging turf and taties.
But now I'm on a Yankee ship a'hauling on the braces.

Once I had a German [English etc.] girl but she was fat and lazy.
But now I got an Irish [Yankee, etc.] girl, she damn near drives me crazy.

Way haul away, rock and roll me over
Way haul away, well roll me in the clover.