“Haul 'Er Away (Little Sally Racket)”


Shanty, with internal chorus "Haul 'er/'em away... Haul 'er away... Haul 'er away With a haul-ey-hi-o, Haul 'er away." Verses are about the "little" girls ashore ("Little Sally Racket," "Little Daisy Dawson" etc.) and their (sexual) exploits


A. L. Lloyd, in the notes to the recording "A Sailor's Garland," reports that this shanty (to a tune known in Jamaica as "Mr. Ramgoat" or "Hill and Gully") was discouraged in American vessels, though the British allowed it to be sung.

The song shares its verse form, and some lyrics, with "Cheer'ly, Man," but the choruses are distinct enough that we split themn rather tentatively. Lloyd, among others, lumps them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Hugill, pp. 315-317, "Haul 'Er Away" (2 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 237-239]
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 86, "Little Sally Racket" (1 text)
  4. BI, FSWB086A


Alternate titles: “Haul 'Em Away”; “Haul Him Away”; “Sally Rackett”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: shanty bawdy sex whore
Found in: Britain