So Heave Away
DESCRIPTION: Shanty. "The Gustav's loaded down with grain. So heave away! heave away!" (x2). "The Gustav is a fine big ship, we're bound away on a damn long trip." More verses about drink and other unprintable topics.
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: shanty drink ship
FOUND IN: Germany Britain
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 319-320, "So Heave Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Shine the Light" (Salvation Army hymn) (tune)
NOTES [38 words]: According to Hugill, the crew of a German barque Sterna took a Salvation Army hymn "Shine the Light" and altered the words to use as a shanty. Hugill and his crew, on board the Gustav further altered the song into this form. - SL
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