Haul Away, Old Fellow, Away
DESCRIPTION: Halyard shanty. French verses with English choruses "Haul away, old fellow, away." Sailor tells of meeting and falling in love with a girl, but she's too fine for him; sailors only get the trollops. He's sick of it all and is going to ship out far away.
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Hayet, _Chansons de bord_)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage shanty love farewell
FOUND IN: France Britain
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 361-363, "Haul Away, Old Fellow, Away" (2 texts-French & English, 1 tune)
cf. "Haul Away, Joe" (similar chorus)
C'est en passant sur l'pont de Morlaix
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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