Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!

Written by Jack Lawrence in 1943 as the official song of the U.S. Merchant Marines while he was band leader at Sheepshead Bay U.S. Maritime Service Training Station. The military services had their own songs: The Marines' Hymn of 1848, the Navy's "Anchors Aweigh" of 1906, the Army had used "The Caisson Song" since 1918, the Coast Guard adopted "Semper Paratus" in 1922, and the Army Air Force song in 1939.

from Armed Guard by Thomas R Bowerman

Heave Ho! My Lads! Heave Ho!
Give us the oil, give us the gas
Give us the shells, give us the guns.
We'll be the ones to see them thru.
Give us the tanks, give us the planes.
Give us the parts, give us a ship.
Give us a hip hoo-ray!
And we'll be on our way.

Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!

It's a long, long way to go.
It's a long, long pull with our hatches full,
Braving the wind, braving the sea,
Fighting the treacherous foe;
Heave Ho! My lads, Heave Ho!
Let the sea roll high or low,
We can cross any ocean, sail any river.
Give us the goods and we'll deliver,
Damn the submarine!


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revised 3/20/07 by Steven Schoenherr | Songs