35 - Haul Away Joe

Words by Traditional
Tune by Traditional

We've got rid of the verses criticising the characteristics of various women! An ironic singing of verse 3 can be enhanced with another verse in dialogue. We've had a stab here with a new verse where our sailor discovers that maybe he doesn't want to kiss the girls after all…

Louis was the king of France
Before the revolut-i-on

Away, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe

But then he got his head chopped off
Which spoiled his constitut-i-on

Away, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe

(To me) way, haul away
(To me) way, haul away
We’ll haul away together
(To me) way, haul away
We’ll haul away together
Away, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe
(To me) way, haul away
We’ll haul for better weather
Away, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe

Saint Patrick was a gentleman
He came from decent people
He built a church in Dublin Town
And on it put a steeple

Now when I was a little boy
And so me mother told me
That if I didn’t kiss the girls
Me lips would all grow mouldy

****Well now I only kiss the boys
It’s them I like to hold me
I can’t say I miss the girls
And me lips did not go mouldy***

The cook is in the galley boys
Making duff so handy
The captain’s in his cabin lads
Drinking wine and brandy

Way haul away
We’ll haul away the bowline
Way, haul away
The packet is a-rollin’