When it comes to singing, it may fairly be said that Woodside, on occasions, demonstrate a greater level of enthusiasm than quality. But such is often the fate of Folk singing - the songs are sung by people 'of the people' and our abilities brilliantly reflect that great and noble custom. The truth is, when singing with a pint in your hand after an arduous evening's dancing and playing, it is enthusiasm, participation and camaraderie that tend to create the moment.
And speaking of participation, here is your chance to make the difference! Select from the songs below, and lo! Your pleasure shall be displayed in the song panel to the right! Put your finger in your ear, and let it rip...
Country Life
Drunken Sailor
Pleasant and Delightful
Sweet Nightingale
Fathom the Bowl
Strike the Bell
South Australia
New York Girls
Rolling Home
The Sussex Carol
The Boar's Head Carol
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
South Australia
Verse 1
In South Australia I was born!
Heave away! Haul away!
South Australia round Cape Horn!
We’re bound for South Australia!
Heave away, you rolling king,
Heave away! Haul away!
All the way you’ll hear me sing,
We’re bound for South Australia!
Verse 2
As I walked out one morning fair.
Heave away! Haul away!
It’s there I met Miss Nancy Blair.
We’re bound for South Australia!
Verse 3
I shook her up, I shook her down.
Heave away! Haul away!
I shook her round and round the town.
We’re bound for South Australia!
Verse 4
There ain’t but one thing grieves my mind.
Heave away! Haul away!
It’s to leave Miss Nancy Blair behind.
We’re bound for South Australia!
Verse 5
Up the coast to Vallipo.
Heave away! Haul away!
Northward on to Callao.
We’re bound for South Australia!
Verse 6
And as you wallop round Cape Horn.
Heave away! Haul away!
You’ll wish to Christ you’d never been born.
We’re bound for South Australia!
A sea shanty working song that leaves not doubt about when the effort should be put in.
Its earliest known notation comes from J L Smith, an author who wrote on subjects relating to the sea. She published it in an 1888 collection having obtained it in an 1888 interview with a black sailor who lived in London, and not from South Australia after all. In fact few of the earliest sources of the song relate to South Australia or anyone that ever claimed to live there!!
South Australia, also known as "Rolling King" and "Bound for South Australia", highlights the often contentious flaw in Folk tune collecting; undoubtedly collecting these songs has enriched the Folk repertoire, but to some extent, the songs themselves become "pickled" in that once people "know" a song or tune, they see it as a rigid, inflexible thing, rather than a snap shot of a living changing thing. We have a set verse pattern, and we have written it down to help other people enjoy singing it in a group. But there is far more these songs than what we have written on the page...