Haul Away for Rosie

Hugill's source says that this was used mainly for hauling aft the foresheet after reefing the fores’l but Hugill thinks it must have been a halyard song because a sheet shanty would have no more than three or four verses. Very often the stanzas used in Haul the Bowline were fitted to it. Sometimes known as Away Haul Away

Haul Away For Rosie

Were you ever down the Eastern Shore,
It really is a treat, Oh!
Way, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
Way, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie, Oh.
There the whores in purple drawers
Come runnin' out to greet you.
Way, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie
Way, haul away, we'll haul away for Rosie, Oh.


Oh, when I was a little boy
My mother often told me
That If I didn't kiss the girls
My lips would all get mouldy.

I sailed the seas and never knew
Just what I was a-missin'
Then I trimmed my sails before the gales
And started in a-kissin'.

Well, first I had an Irish gal,
Her name was Kitty Brannigan
She stole me boots, she stole me clothes
She pinched me plate and pannikin.

And then I got a German girl
And she was fat and lazy
And then I got a New York girl
She damn near drove me crazy.

She loved her pretty sailorboys
And where do you think I found 'er?
Behind the pump, the story goes,
With forty men around 'er.
 
And then I got a Frenchie girl
She took things free and aisy;
But now I have an English girl
An' sure she is a daisy.

So harken while I sing to you
About my darlin' Nancy;
She's copper-bottomed, clipper-built
And just my cut and fancy.

You call yerself a second mate,
An' cannot tie a bowline;
You cannot even stand up straight
When the packet she's arollin'.