“Heave Away Cheerily”

Alternate titles: “Off to the South'ard We Go”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1912 (JFSS)
Keywords: shanty money
Found in: Britain US


Chorus: Sing me lads cheerily, Heave me lads cheerily, Heave away cheerily o-ho! For the gold that we prize an' for sunnier skies, away to the south'ard we go!"


Hugill gives the second text, "As Off to the South'ard We Go," as a variant of "Heave Away Cheerily" and quotes it from vol. 5 of the _Journal of the Folk Song Society_ where was taken down by a Mr. Piggot from the singing of shantyman J. Perring of Dartmouth in 1912. - SL


  1. Harlow, pp. 43-46, "Heave Away Cheerily" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 310-311, "Heave Away Cheerily O!" "As Off to the South'ard We Go" (2 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 232-233]
  3. Roud #932
  4. BI, Hugi310