South Australia (Doerflinger Version)

Interesting Facts about the South Australia (Doerflinger Version)

South Australia (Doerflinger Version) was a shanty; it was usually been sung; by the sailors on board the merchant ships; at the capstan (anchor) and pumps. South Australia was probably, created by the emigrant days; when thousands traveled by sailing ship to Semaphore Roads, Port Adelaide, South Australia. Here version from William Main Doerflinger’s book “Shantymen And Shantyboys” (1951). In the Doerflinger’s book; we also can meet another forgotten shantyman for a list of great shantymen from who William Doerflinger has this song: William Laurie of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.
Unfortunately, Doerflinger recorded only one stanza of this beautiful version.

The song will be reconstructed by myself as the capstan shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 195).

The lyrics:  “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 195).

The Record of South Australia (Doerflinger Version)

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

South Australia (Doerflinger Version) - Capstan Shanty

The musical notation

South Australia (Doerflinger Version) - music notation

The full lyrics

South Australia. (Doerflinger Version)

Oh, in South Australia where I was born,
– Heave away! Haul away!
In South Australia round Cape Horn,
– I’m – bound; for south Australia!

– Heave away, you Ruler King
– Heave away! Haul away!
– Heave away, don’t you hear me sing?
– We’re bound; for South Australia!

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Larry Marr