SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Posted on Posted in Breedloves's Folk Songs

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
South Australia is a sea shanty used by the wool traders who worked the clipper ships
between Australian ports and London. It is now a very famous folk song that is recorded
by many artists and is present in many of today’s song books. This is well known as a
farewell song, sung at the docks as the big ships were leaving. The men grew a
sentimental attachment to the song and were even known to request a rousing chorus on
their death beds, so they could die happy. It has been recorded by several artists including
The Clancy Brothers, The Seekers and the Pilgrims.
In South Australia I was born
Heave away, Haul away
In South Australia ’round Cape Horn
We’re bound for South Australia
Haul away your rolling king
Heave away, Haul away
Haul away oh hear me sing
We’re bound for South Australia
As I walked out one morning fair
Heave away, Haul away
‘Twas there I met Miss Nancy Blair
We’re bound for South Australia
There’s just one thing that’s on my mind
Heave away, Haul away
That’s leaving Nancy Blair behind
We’re bound for South Australia
And as we wallop round Cape Horn
Heave away, Haul away
You’ll wish to God you’ve never been born
We’re bound for South Australia