“South Australia (I)”


The sailor reports, "South Australia's where I was born." Often used as a shanty, with chorus, "Heave away, heave away... we're bound for south Australia." Often he speaks of leaving his Australian girl behind


There is no true dividing line between this song and "Cape Cod Girls"; they merge into each other. However, the difference in local color and focus is enough that they should be separated. The problem is classifying the intermediate versions.... - RBW

A modern verse: "In South Australia Skylab fell..., 15 billion shot to hell..." - SL

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, p. 71, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Colcord, p. 90, "Rolling King" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Harlow, pp. 33-35, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Hugill, pp. 193-195, "Rolling King," "South Australia" (3 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 150-151]
  5. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 58-59, "South Australia" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Manifold-PASB, pp. 2-4, "Bound for South Australia" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 315-316, "South Australia" (1 text)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 85, "South Australia" (1 text)
  10. Roud #325
  11. BI, Doe071


Alternate titles: “Ruler King”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927
Found in: US(MA) Australia