Haul Away Joe (traditional)

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1845.
The Potato Famine in Ireland contributes to people leaving in search of better opportunities, including colonizing the West. Irish immigrants find their way to the colonies aboard ships carrying trade goods, supplies and mail. Supplies are brought once a year to reduce the risk of disastrous wrecks.

lyrics

When I was a little lad and so me mother told me
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
If I did not kiss the gals me lips would grow all moldy
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Way, haul away, the good ship is a-bolding
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
Way, haul away, the sheet is now unfolding
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Once I was in Ireland a’digging turf and taties
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
But now I’m on an English ship a’hauling at the braces
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

I ran away from Galway town and shipped aboard a whaler
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
Because the gal I courted there would only have a sailor
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Way haul away, we’ll haul for better weather
Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
Way haul away, we’ll haul away together
Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

King Louis was the king of France before the revolutae-on
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
Then he got his head cut off which spoiled his constitutae-on
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Once I was a city lad a’weavin’ through the hackneys
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!
But now I’m on a trading ship a’bound for the colonies
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

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from The West Beyond The West, released November 9, 2012

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Great Lonely Wild Vancouver, British Columbia

Original roots and folk music about the 19th Century Pacific Northwest.

The sounds of mandolin, banjo, concertina, violin, guitar and vocal harmonies will expose you to the tales and stories of those who came before us in Canada's West. ... more

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