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Monday, February 20, 2023

Snow Shanties #3: Away! Haul Away!

Good Trouble, with our punny friend Karen Martinson, rewrote some classic sea shanties* for our landlocked Mni'sota winters. They were shared at the Art Shanty Projects festival during the Subzero Singalong this winter 2023 and were a hit!

Central Mni'sota is about to receive a foot or more of snow this week. So, we thought it's a good time to release these for use beyond the Art Shanty festival. Enjoy!

Four shanties were re-worked. Here are numbers two and three!  

Shanties are work songs so a group, say on a ship, could work in time together.  A leader would spool out the first line and everyone would echo it back.  

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#3 - Away, Haulaway,

Away (ho!) Haul away, we'll haul away together
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)
Away (ho!) Haul away, we're bound for better weather
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)

The city says the flakes must be gone one day after snowfall
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow
Push it heave it shove it chip it just be done before nightfall
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow

Away (ho!) Haul away, we'll haul away together
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)
Away (ho!) Haul away, we're bound for better weather
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)

Slush, sleet, powder, blanket, dusting, flurry, what a mess
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow
We’ve seen snow in all its forms and shoveled it regardless
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow

Away (ho!) Haul away, we'll haul away together
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)
Away (ho!) Haul away, we're bound for better weather
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)

When you shovel please make sure you bend your knees to save your back
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow
Please don’t lick the flagpole if you wanna keep your tongue intact
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow

Away (ho!) Haul away, we'll haul away together
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)
Away (ho!) Haul away, we're bound for better weather
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)

Does your trunk have a Ice Melt, shovels, sand or kitty litter
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow
If your car won’t start today try not to be too bitter
Away, Haulaway, we’ll haul away snow

Away (ho!) Haul away, we'll haul away together
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)
Away (ho!) Haul away, we're bound for better weather
(Away haul away, we'll haul away SNOW)

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What verses would you add? Drop them in the comments!

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