“Mobile Bay”


Shanty. "From Liverpool Town we sailed away - CH: John come tell us as we haul away. Outward bound at the break of day - CH. Aye, aye, haul aye - CH." Several verses refer to Mobile Bay and to women. Probably started as a Negro cotton stowing song.


Hugill explains that this was one of a very few shanties that would use two singers for the solo lines, alternating verses. - SL

Cross references


  1. Colcord, p. 118, "Mobile Bay" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  2. Harlow, pp. 86-87, "Mobile Bay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Hugill, pp. 287-288, "John, Come Tell Us As We Haul Away" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 210-211]
  4. Roud #4696
  5. BI, Hugi287


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938
Keywords: shanty work
Found in: Britain US