#02177
Net Hauling Song (Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne)
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#616: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

It's muster, me boys, get you up on the deck,
And take up your stations for hauling the nets,
And mind you pull together all through the long night,
And set in your oilskins until it's daylight,
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.

It's when we're out working we're living on hope,
The lads in the locker, the boys on the rope,
The fellas in the hold who were hauling the nets,
And shaking the herring out onto the deck,
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.

It's net after net we pull up from the sea,
With a haul and a shake and a one, two, and three,
The herring are a-piling around our sea boots,
And slithering and sliding down into the chutes,
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.

It's hour after hour we are hauling away,
All through the long night till the break of the day,
Our captain's in the wheelhouse he's on the R T,
And the cook's in the galley a-brewing the tea,
With the heave an' a haul an' a-shaking of nets.
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.

Now the season is over so be on your way,
And head for the home port to sign for your pay;
Your missus will be waiting to welcome you home,
It's so hard for a wife to be so much alone,
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.
With the heave and a haul and a shaking of nets.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional herring net hauling shanty popularized by Ewan MacColl © Stormking Music, Inc ....####
See more songs by Ewan MacColl.

This variant was arranged and recorded by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (Wave Over Wave: Old And New Songs Of Atlantic Canada, trk#2, 1995, Singsong, Inc, St John's, NL, 1997 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Artist nominee).

See more songs by Jim Payne.

Note: R T (radiotelephone) - telephone in which sound or speech is transmitted by means of radio waves.

The video below features an excellent 12-string guitar performance by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#616: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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