#02405
Big Bank (Ocean's Away) with lyrics
See also: Haul Her Along (Celtic Connection)
And also: Jolly Poker (Stuffed Squid)
And also: Johnny Poker (Winterton Boat Building Museum)

[Intro: Men hauling and calling out]....
C'mon now! Okay, boys, okay!
Alright... Put your backs to it!
Grab on the tow line, haul on the bow line,
And we'll move this Johnny Poker:
Haul, boys! HO! One, two! HO! Again, boys! HO!
And haul again, boys! HO! There you go, boys! HO!
That's got 'er, boys! HO! Hook 'er up, boys! HO!
Oop! Get out of the way, Uncle John! HO! Get out of the way!
Okay! We got 'er, Boys! Okay! Okay! Okay!

The moon shines bright on the bay tonight,
And the boats on the collars are free;
The capelin has come for another year's run,
And cast-nets take to the sea.

For such a small fish as we wait and we wish,
That this year is better than last;
As we struggle to survive, the plants come alive,
Loading though will come and will pass.

Oh, where are the men who sat on these banks,
Telling stories of days long ago?
Johnny Poker he came and he took them away,
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!

Men barking their traps and thinking perhaps,
The mesh will hold lots of cod;
New rules that they say when they're home for the day,
Doesn't hinder their winks and their nods.

But in tables no more just like our folklore,
Catching tansies in Johnny Green Cove;
The sages are gone as time marches on,
Young boys selling wood for the stove.

Oh, where are the men who sat on these banks,
Telling stories of days long ago?
Johnny Poker he came and he took them away,
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!

Johnny Poker he came and he took them away,
No more heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho!
And it's heave away, haul away, ho! [fading]
And it's heave away, haul away, ho! [fading]

####.... Oceans Away ....####
Recorded by Oceans Away (Memories Of Home ©2005, Mile Stump Productions, recorded at RJR Studios).

See more songs by Oceans Away.

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

In his 1998 album, Over The Sea, Glenn Vincent Breen of St. John's, NL and Halifax, Nova Scotia, recorded his original Johnny Poker song, Haul Her Along.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Barking - immersing nets, sails, etc, in the liquid steeped from the bark and buds of conifers, as a preservative.
Capelin (Caplin) - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.
Cast-net - open-mouthed, circular and weighted net thrown by hand among schooling caplin and drawn ashore or to the boat as the net is closed on the catch.
Collar - ¹ anchor, chain and rope attached by means of a loop or bight to a buoy and to bow of boat and used to moor the craft in a harbour; frequently with defining word boat, mooring; ² location where a boat is anchored; berth; usually in phrase on the collar; a place near shore where boats are moored for safety; a boat is said then to be on the collar.
Johnny Poker - or Johnny Boker, Johnny Coaker; person or object mentioned in a hauling song; hence, the song itself; a particular chantey; heave-up song.
Tables - flakes: platforms, about four feet above ground, used to spread and dry cod-fish.
Tansies - rock gunnel, small eel-like salt-water fish (Pholis gunnellus) living in small salt water pools on the beaches, called tansy ponds.






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