“Heave, My Boys, Away”


Shanty. "Walk 'er round for we're rollin homeward. Heave me boys together! The bully ol' ship is a-lyin windward, Heave me boys away!" Verses have simple rhymes on sailing themes. Full ch: "Heave 'er an' we'll break ?er, For the old ship's a-rollin home"


Hugill learned this from Swedish sailors, and says he has no idea how popular it was in British ships. - SL

Cross references

  • cf. "Hob-y-derri-dando" (very similar tune)


  1. Hugill, pp. 528-529, "Heave, My Boys, Away" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 384-385]
  2. BI, Hugi528


Alternate titles: “Capstan Bar”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Bradford & Fagge, _Old Sea Chanties_)
Keywords: shanty ship sailor
Found in: Scandinavia Britain