“Cape Cod Girls”


"Cape Cod Girls they have no combs, Heave away, heave away! They comb their hair with codfish bones...." "Heave away and don't you make a noise, For we're bound for Australia." Sundry lyrics on the oddities of Cape Cod girls


There is no true dividing line between this song and "South Australia"; they merge into each other. However, the difference in local colour and focus is enough that they should be separated. Some versions of "South Australia" even have a rudimentary plot, and the tune can be somewhat different. The problem is classifying the intermediate versions.... - RBW

Cross references


  • Charity Bailey, "Cape Cod Girls" (on GrowOn2)


  1. Colcord, p. 91, "The Codfish Shanty" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, 196, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 152-153]
  3. Creighton-NovaScotia 120, "Hanstead Boys" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-FSNA 23, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Shay-SeaSongs, p. 84, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
  6. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 561-562, "Cape Cod Shanty" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Pankake-PHCFSB, pp. 244-245, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text, tune referenced)
  8. Darling-NAS, pp. 316-317, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 96, "Cape Cod Girls" (1 text)
  11. Roud #325
  12. BI, LoF023


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)