South Australia (I)

DESCRIPTION: The sailor reports, "South Australia's where I was born." Often used as a shanty, with chorus, "Heave away, heave away... we're bound for south Australia." Often he speaks of leaving his Australian girl behind
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor separation
FOUND IN: US(MA,SE) Australia
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman, p. 71, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord-SongsOfAmericanSailormen, p. 90, "Rolling King" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 33-35, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, pp. 193-195, "Rolling King," "South Australia" (3 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 150-151]
Fahey-Eureka-SongsThatMadeAustralia, pp. 58-59, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-PintPotAndBilly, p. 64, "Bound for South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manifold-PenguinAustralianSongbook, pp. 2-4, "Bound for South Australia" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Parrish-SlaveSongsOfTheGeorgiaSeaIslands, p. 220, "Haul Away, I'm a Rollin' King" (1 text)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 315-316, "South Australia" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 85, "South Australia" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Frederick Pease Harlow, _The Making of a Sailor, or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger_, 1928; republished by Dover, 1988, pp. 219-220, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #325
cf. "Cape Cod Girls" (floating lyrics, tune, meter, plot)
cf. "We Are Bound Down South Alibama" (form, lyrics)
Ruler King
NOTES [56 words]: There is no true dividing line between this song and "Cape Cod Girls"; they merge into each other. However, the difference in local color and focus is enough that they should be separated. The problem is classifying the intermediate versions.... - RBW
A modern verse: "In South Australia Skylab fell..., 15 billion shot to hell..." - SL
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