Haul Away cover
Haul Away cover

Haul Away Lyrics Meanings
by Mark Knopfler


Haul Away Lyrics

Was a windless night
When you left the ship
You never were
A steady bold one
I gave my hand
Ah but you did slip

I’m a living man
And your a cold one
So haul away
Haul away from here My love’s as fair
As a girl can be
My wedding ring
Is a heavy gold one
Now you lay alone
In the deep dark sea
I’m a living man
And your a cold one
So haul away
Haul away for home

The morning brings
Lord a fresh young breeze
To fill our sails
To end the doldrums
Our lucky ship
Speeds across the sea
I’m a living man
And your a cold one
So haul away
Haul away for home

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I am astounded by the literalness of the interpretations found on other web sites. This is NOT about a sailor who is saddened by another sailor's death or who murdered another sailor who was having an affair with his wife. The ship is life itself. The deep dark sea is death. The singer's wife has died young. He is grieving, still wearing his gold ring, which weighs heavily on him. But then a new love, a fresh young breeze, comes along and his life resumes and he is happy again, feels lucky to have found a new love, but still misses his wife. And that's the truth.

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