Rolling Down to Old Maui (Mohee)


DESCRIPTION: The sailors, having spent many months in Kamchatka and the Bering Sea, are happy to flee the northern gales and return to temperate climes in Maui/Mohee. The look forward to seeing the girls
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Journal from the Atkins Adams)
KEYWORDS: whaler return sailor sea Hawaii
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Huntington-SongsTheWhalemenSang, pp. 27-28, "Rolling Down to Old Mohee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang, pp.53-55, "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord-SongsOfAmericanSailormen, pp. 197-198, "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 228-230, "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-SongsOfTheSea, pp. 120-121, "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, MAUI1* MAUI2* MOHEE3*

Roud #2005
RECORDINGS:
A.L. Lloyd, "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (on Lloyd9)
NOTES [129 words]: The anticipation with which the whalers viewed Hawaii in this song seems to be real, although it was usually Honolulu to which they sailed. A. B. C. Whipple, Yankee Whalers in the South Seas, Doubleday & Company, 1954, p. 183, writes of Honolulu, "Here the earliest whalemen of the nineteenth century found a somnolent tropic town with a beautiful and well-protected harbor. They turned it into the pesthole of the Pacific. 'Cape Horn,' the whorehouse district, was so named because of the truism that the whalemen hung their consciences on the Horn on the voyage out and picked them up again on the way home. The district was known all over the world for its riotous debauches, and the whalemen accordingly felt called upon to go on their wildest sprees in Honolulu." - RBW
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