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Haul Away for Rosie / Haul Away Joe

[ Roud 809 ; Ballad Index Doe004 ; trad.]

Lead Belly sang Haul Away Joe in a performance recorded by Moses Asch during the 1940s. This was included in 1997 on his Smithsonian Folkways anthology Bourgeois Blues: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 2, and in 2004 on the anthology Classic Maritime Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Stan Kelly sang Away, Haul Away in 1958 on the Topic EP Liverpool Packet. This track was also included in 1971 on the Topic Sampler No 7, Sea Songs and Shanties, and in 2004 on the anthology Sailors' Songs & Sea Shanties. Kelly and A.L. Lloyd commented in the original recording's liner notes:

This was a favourite short-drag shanty, used almost exclusively for hauling aft the foresheet or sweating-up halyards to take in the slack—jobs that called for a short pull but a good 'un. Well-known both to Briths and American seamen on the Western Ocean run, it is first-cousin to the better-known Haul Away, Joe. The tune carries a whole anthology of verses, some decorous, others not.

Ewan MacColl sang Haul Away for Rosie on his and A.L. Lloyd's Prestige album of 1962, A Sailor's Garland.

Bob Roberts sang Haul Away Joe in a recording made by Tony Engle on the Isle of Wight in August 1977 on his Topic album Songs from the Sailing Barges. An earlier recording made by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s was included in 1994 on the Saydisc anthology Sea Songs and Shanties.

Bernard Wrigley sang Haul Away for Rosie in 1974 on the Topic album Sea Shanties.

Dave Burland sang Haul Away for Rosie in 1979 on his Rubber Records album You Can't Fool the Fat Man.

Louis Killen sang Haul Away for Rosie in 1995 on his CD Sailors, Ships & Chanteys. He commented in his liner notes:

A halyard chantey similar to Haul Away Joe, the tack and foresheet chantey given in Hugill's Shanties from the Seven Seas. The verses of the two songs are often interchanged.

John Spiers and Jon Boden recorded the shanty Haul Away, flanked by the tunes Jiggery Pokerwork and Seven Stars in 2003 for their Fellside duo album Bellow. They commented in their liner notes:

John wrote Jiggery Pokerwork as a tribute to the melodeon he started on. Haul Away is a version of the ubiquitous shanty favoured by the aforementioned Forest School Camps. The Seven Stars was learnt by John while playing for the Rogue Morris side in Oxford.

They returned to it in 2011 on their 10th anniversary album The Works. Tn the meantime, this was also included in their big band Bellowhead's live set and it can be found on both of their live DVDs, Live at Shepherds Bush Empire (2009) and Hedonism Live (2011), and on the DVD of the Cambridge Folk Festival 2011.

Sam Lee sang Haul Away Joe on the WildGoose project album of 2012, Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 3: Sea Songs of a Watchet Sailor.

Lyrics

Stan Kelly sing Away, Haul Away

Talk about your harbour girls around the corner, Sally
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o
But they wouldn't go to tea with the girls from Booble Alley
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o

King Louis was the king of France before the revolution
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o
But the people cut his head off and it spoiled his constitution
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o

Well now I live in Liverpool bound for the Bay of Mexico
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o
I thought I heard the Old Man say it's time for us to roll and go
    Away, haul away, haul away my Rosie
    Away, haul away, haul away my Johnnie-o

Bellowhead sing Haul Away

When I was a little lad or so my mother told me
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnnie-o
That if I didn't kiss the girls my lips would grow all mouldy
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnnie-o

King Louis was the king of France before the revolution
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnnie-o
And then he had his head cut off which spoiled his constitution
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
    Away, haul away, we'll haul away for Johnnie-o