Haul Away, Joe!
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Lesley Nelson-Burns

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According to Stan Hugill, this is a famous tack and sheet shanty. Because of the many verses (he lists 20) he believes it may have been used as a halyard song (sheet shanties were usually no longer than three or four verses). Sometimes the word "pull" or "haul" was used instead of Joe.

The words and tune here are the New England version from Eloise Hubbard Linscott. According to Eloise Linscott although the shanty was known earlier among British sailors, it was not well-known on Yankee ships until the period between 1812 and the Civil War.

There is another version of Haul Away, Joe! (1)

Haul away the bowline
The Yankee ship's a rollin',
Haul away! Haul away! Haul away, Joe!

Once I had a Yankee girl,
And she was such a daisy,
Haul away! Haul away! Haul away, Joe!

Once I had a Scotch girl,
And she was fat and lazy,
Haul away! Haul away! Haul away, Joe!

Then I had an English girl,
And she was tall and crazy,
Haul away! Haul away! Haul away, Joe!

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From Folk Songs of Old New England and
Shanties from the Seven Seas
See Bibliography for full information.
And
Digital Tradition