Haul Away, Boys, Haul Away
DESCRIPTION: Shanty. "Oh, Haul away an' let's get goin', boys. Haul away, boys, haul away! Oh, Haul away for merchant's money, boys. Haul away, boys, haul away!" No particular story line, but several verses have references to Cuba and sugar.
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: shanty worksong animal
FOUND IN: West Indies
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Hugill, pp. 357-358, "Haul Away, Boys, Haul Away" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 269-270]
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 111-113, "Haul Away, Haul Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Old Bee Makes the Honey Comb" (lyrics)
NOTES: To haul, in nautical terminology, of course means to pull on a rope. "Haul away," according to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, A Seaman's Pocket Book, London, June 1943, designed for sailors newly taken into the Royal Navy in World War II; (I use the 2006 MJF Books edition), p. 42, is "an order to haul steadily until further orders." - RBW
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