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South Australia


This was mainly a Halyard or Capstan shanty used by
the wool traders who worked the clipper ships between
Australia and England. It could be heard as a farewell song,
sung as these large ships were leaving English ports.

Music by - Johnny Collins


Lyrics

In South Australia I was born,
Heave away, oh haul away!
South Australia 'round Cape Horn,
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

As I walked out one mornin' fair,
Heave away, oh haul away!
'Twas there I met Miss Nancy Blair.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

I shook her up, I shook her down,
Heave away, oh haul away!
I shook her all around the town.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

There's just one thing that grieves my mind,
Heave away, oh haul away!
To leave Miss Nancy Blair behind.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

Oh when we wallop around Cape Horn,
Heave away, oh haul away!
You'll wish to God you'd never been born.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

I wish I was in Australia's strand,
Heave away, oh haul away!
A glass of whisky in my hand.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

Port Adelaide's a grand old town,
Heave away, oh haul away!
There's plenty of girls to go around.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

South Australia's my native land,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Full of fleas, flies and sand.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

When I first shipped out to sea,
Heave away, oh haul away!
My girl said she'd be true to me.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

But when I next came back from sea,
Heave away, oh haul away!
A soldier had her on his knee.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.

A glass of rum in every hand,
Heave away, oh haul away!
And an extra bottle for the shantyman.
We're bound for South Australia.

Haul away you rollin' Kings,
Heave away, oh haul away!
Haul away you'll hear me sing,
We're bound for South Australia.




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