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A traditional shanty that can be traced back to the early 19th century, the earliest printed copy seems to be an 1888 book titled The Music of the Waters by Laura Smith.

It is a well known staple of the folk music community.

Lyrics

These lyrics are based on the version performed by the Longest Johns in their Livestreams, the original lyrics can be found here.

In South Australia I was born!
(Heave away! Haul away!)
South Australia round Cape Horn!
(We're bound for South Australia!)

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Haul away, you rolling king,
Heave away! Haul away!
All the way you'll hear me sing
We're bound for South Australia!

As I walked out one morning fair,
(Heave away! Haul away!)
It's there I met Miss Nancy Blair.
(We're bound for South Australia!)
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I shook her up, I shook her down,
(Heave away! Haul away!)
I shook her round and round the town.
(We're bound for South Australia!)

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There ain't but one thing grieves me mind,
(Heave away! Haul away!)
To leave young Nancy Blair behind.
(We're bound for South Australia!)

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I'm Bristol born and Bristol bred,
(Heave away! Haul away!)
I'm thick in the arm and thick in the head
(We're bound for South Australia!)

{Chorus til Finish}