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Haul Away, Joe


Melody is centered around the supertonic (re) in B Flat Major.


Melody is centered around the supertonic (re) in B Flat Major.

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England – Traditional* Sea Chantey
  • Key: B Flat Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: staves: ABAB – song: AB
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ta | ta ti/ ri | ta/ ti |ti/ ri ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: re so la ti do re
  • Intervals: beginners: la/re8\la (P4), la/do (m3), la\re/la (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, vocal slur, call/response
  • Key Wordsworld geography: England, Ireland (Irish), Dublin, France; King Louis, St. Patrick, chantey (French word ‘chanter’ – to sing), sailing work song, call/response, tiny lad, haul, lips, moldy, pretty girl, tarry, marry, Yankee, Irish, drove, crazy, revolution, French Revolution, spoiled, constitution, be-headed, gentleman, decent, steeple; contraction: we’ll (we will); abbreviation: kiss’d (kissed)
  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing F and G above high C

Halyard Chanties: songs for hauling sails; resting on the call lines, heaving on the response lines. Shorter songs like “Haul Away Joe” were called “sheet shanties.”

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