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The Bangor Boat's Away

The Bangor boat’s away, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

The Bangor boat’s away, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

The Bangor boat’s away
It hasn’t time to stay
Hoosha
Hoosha
The Bangor boat’s away.

Notes from Hugh Shields

A chant for dandling, here used for its purpose. Hugh Shields also heard his father say in line 3 “One in a bush, two in a bush.” Before the Second World War, an old steamer used to ply from Belfast to Bangor, Co Down, a distance of about twelve miles, for a shilling return.