“So Heave Away”


Shanty. "The Gustav's loaded down with grain. So heave away! heave away!" (x2). "The Gustav is a fine big ship, we're bound away on a damn long trip." More verses about drink and other unprintable topics.


According to Hugill, the crew of a German barque _Sterna_ took a Salvation Army hymn "Shine the Light" and altered the words to use as a shanty. Hugill and his crew, on board the _Gustav_ further altered the song into this form. - SL

Cross references

  • cf. "Shine the Light" (Salvation Army hymn) (tune)


  1. Hugill, pp. 319-320, "So Heave Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi319


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: shanty drink ship
Found in: Germany Britain