#01737
Haul Her Along (Celtic Connection) tabs
See also: Jolly Poker (Stuffed Squid)
And also: Big Bank (Ocean's Away)
And also: Johnny Poker
(Winterton Boat Building Museum)
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Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her along.

I went out to ramble on a summer day,
I spied the lads a-launchin' a schooner in the bay;
They were heavin' and haulin' to a shanty song,
I took my place upon the line
and hauled her right along.

Said,
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her along.

We sang to Johnny Poker and Lord, Let Her Go,
With the strength of fifty men we had on the roll;
The whole bay had gathered,
the place was mad alive,
They joined in the chorus down to the water side.

Said,
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her along.

We had her on the land wash, ready for the waves,
With the risin' of the tide,
she floated from her weighs;
We bid her good fair landings
and a good holding ground,
And sang a final chorus for a vessel fine and sound.

Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her along.

Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline, rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her along.

####.... Variant of a work shanty by Glenn Vincent Breen ....####
Recorded by Glenn Vincent Breen, former banjo player with Rankin Street, from St Mary's and St John's, NL, and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Over The Sea, trk#6, 1998, First City Productions, St John's, NL).

This variant recorded by Celtic Connection (Homebrew 3, trk#8, 2002, Avalon Music Ltd, St John's, NL); and (Best Of - 10 Years Together, trk#7, 2002, Avondale Music, St John's, NL); and (Singalongs & Shanties 2, trk#5, 2004, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).


See more songs by Celtic Connection.

A variant was also recorded by the Ennis Sisters (3, trk#4, 2000, First City Productions, St John's, NL).

See more Ennis Sisters songs.

From the Winterton Boat Building Museum in Winterton, NL: Johnny Poker is a shanty that helped everyone pull in unison.

Another Newfoundland Labrador song with Johnny Poker in the lyrics is: Big Bank by Oceans Away.


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(As recorded by Celtic Connection)

Chorus: (a-cappella)
Heave on the bowline rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline with a shanty song;
Heave on the bowline rock and roll the towline,
Heave on the bowline and haul her [A] along. [A] [A]

I went out to [E] ramble [D] on a summer day,
I [A] spied the lads a- [E] launchin' a [D] schooner in the [E] bay;
They were [A] heavin' and [E] haulin' [D] to a shanty [E] song,
I [A] took my place upon the line and [D] hauled her [E] right a- [A] long.

Said,
Chorus:
Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline [D] with a shanty [E] song;
[A] Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline and [D] haul [E] her a- [A] long.

We sang to Johnny [E] Poker, and [D] Lord, Let Her Go,
With the [A] strength of fifty [E] men we [D] had on the [E] roll;
The [A] whole bay had [E] gathered, the [D] place was mad a- [E] live,
They [A] joined in the chorus down [D] to the [E] water [A] side.

Said,
Chorus:
Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline [D] with a shanty [E] song;
[A] Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline and [D] haul [E] her a- [A] long.

Interlude: Mandolin lead (Chorus Chords)

We had her on the [E] land wash, [D] ready for the waves,
With [A] the risin' of the [E] tide, she [D] floated from her [E] weighs;
We [A] bid her good fair [E] landings and a [D] good holding [E] ground,
And [A] sang a final chorus for a [D] vessel [E] fine and [A] sound.

Chorus:
Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline [D] with a shanty [E] song;
[A] Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline and [D] haul [E] her a- [A] long.

Chorus:
Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline [D] with a shanty [E] song;
[A] Heave on the [E] bowline, [D] rock and roll the [E] towline,
[A] Heave on the bowline and [D] haul [E] her a- [A] long.

Outro: Mandolin lead (Chorus Chords)

~ Chords contribued by Bob Dumais ~


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