“Heave Away, Boys, Heave Away (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: shanty worksong nonsense
Found in: West Indies

Description

Shanty. "Oh I love the sailor an' the sailor loves me. Heave away, boys, heave away! He comes to my window ev'ry mornin' at three. Heave away, boys, heave away."

Long description

Shanty. "Oh I love the sailor an' the sailor loves me. Heave away, boys, heave away! He comes to my window ev'ry mornin' at three. Heave away, boys, heave away." Verses all nonsense rhymes with some typical floating verses, i.e. "when I was a young man well in me prime, I'd love them yaller gals two at a time."

Notes

Hugill says this (and the other "Heave Away, Boys, Heave Away") are halyard shanties, despite the use of the word "heave" in the chorus. - SL

The easiest way to distinguish the two may be the fact that this one is in 3/4; "Heave Away, Boys, Heave Away (I)" is in 2/4. - RBW

References

  1. Hugill, p. 309, "Heave Away, Boys, Heave Away" (2 texts, 2 tunes; the "b" text is this piece; "a" is "Heave Away, Boys, Heave Away (II)") [AbEd, p. 231]
  2. BI, Hugi309