“Ah-Hoo-E-La-E”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1945 (Harlow)
Keywords: shanty foreignlanguage
Found in: Indonesia

Description

Javanese sea shanty. "Ah hoo-e, la-e, ah hoo-e, la-e, ah-e, hoo-e, ah hoo-e, la-e ung!" Used as a hauling and loading shanty, with the pull on the syllable "Ung."

Notes

Harlow says he took it down from the coolies singing and can't vouch for the translation. - SL

References

  1. Harlow, p. 115, "Ah-Hoo-E-La-E" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Harl115