"South Australia" as written by Rupert Christie, Traditional,, Louise Brown, John Brown, Peter Rowen, Julian Brown, Jeremy Brown, Trevor Grills, John Lethbridge, Billy Hawkins, Nigel Sherratt, John Mcdonnell, Johnathan Cleave and Rose Prince....
In South Australia I was born, heave away, haul away
In South Australia, 'round Cape Horn, we're bound for South Australia

Haul away your rolling king, heave away, haul away
Haul away, you'll hear me sing, we're bound for South Australia

As I walked out one morning fair, heave away, haul away
'Twas there I met Miss Nancy Blair, we're bound for South Australia

There's just one thing that's on my mind, heave away, haul away
That's leaving Nancy Blair behind, we're bound for South Australia

And as we wallop round Cape Horn, heave away, haul away
You'll wish to God you've never been born, we're bound for South Australia

In South Australia I was born, heave away, haul away
In South Australia, 'round Cape Horn, we're bound for South Australia


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"South Australia" as written by Michael William Hawkins Rupert Christie

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    General CommentThis is a traditional Australian song.

    I remember them playing this as one of their opening numbers on their first Australian tour in 88, and it absolutely brought the house down.
    Clownfishon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou can imagine all the sailors working to this song, hey? Clownfish is very lucky to have seen The Pogueson tour in Australia, I'm afraid I was born a decade or two too late for that! Perhaps on the come-back tour . . .
    NellieWhiskeyon June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell I just missed out :( The Pogues cancelled their part in the lineup of The Great Escape festival in Australia because of financial difficulties.
    NellieWhiskeyon July 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI gather from the lyrics that this is a song about convicts on their way to South Australia. However, South Australia was settled as a colony for free men and thus no convicts were sent out :) Little known historical fact.
    ilikefruchocson July 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is actually a trad Irish song, not Australian. like the person before me said, it's about convicts sailing to South Australia to start a new life.
    A great song, with driving rhythm. It was wonderfully done by The Clancy Brothers as well. Love it!
    musicgypsyon September 30, 2011   Link

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