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Favourite Shanty?


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Brain cells being jiggled here - what about

My brother Sylvest
had a row of 40 medals on his chest
Chorus - BIG CHEST
................the army and the navy
my brother Sylvest

He was my brother Sylvest (shout-What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big Chest!)
he killed fifty badmen in the west
he knew no rest, thinkin' a man's hell fire
don't push, just shove, plenty of room for you and me
he's got an arm (Got an Arm!)
like a leg (Like a leg!)
and a punch that can sink a battle ship (Big Ship!)
it takes all the army and the navy to put the wind up Sylvest

well he'd thought he'd take a trip to Italy
he thought he'd take a trip by sea
he jumped in the harbour in New York
swam like a great big ould shark
he saw the Lusitania in distress (What'd he do?)
He put the Lusitania on his chest (Big Chest!)
drank up all the water in the sea and walked all the way to Italy CHORUS

well he thought he'd take a trip to old Japan
they brought out the big brass band
he played every instrument they had (What a lad!)
he played the whole lot
well the church bells all will ring (Ding Dong) or Hell's Bells
and the church choirs all will sing (LAAAAA!) or Hell's Fire
they'll all come out to bid farewell to my big brother Sylvest CHORUS

A Classic from the bygone era of Conventional Submarines:

Diesel and Shale

On the fifth of November back in fifty-three
The big man at Dolphin sure he sent for me:
'I brought you here, boy, 'cause I want you to know
We've booked you a berth in the water below,
With the diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
We've booked you a berth with the diesel and shale.'

Well, when I protested: 'I'm no volunteer',
He said: 'We ain't had one in many a year,
But that's a wee secret between you and me;
There's many a pressed man down under the sea,
With the diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
Down under the sea with the diesel and shale.'

'Oh doctor, dear doctor, I don't think I'm well.'
'Well, never mind, sonny, we'll very soon tell.
Try holding your breath while I count up to three.
There, that proves that you're fit to go down in (under) the sea,'
With the diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
To go down in the sea with the diesel and shale.'

I went to the storeroom to gather me rig
They gave me a sweater ten sizes too big,
I crawled down the boat like an old polar bear,
And I says to meself: 'There's a smell in the air,
And it's diesel and shale, diesel and shale ,
There's smell in the air and it's diesel and shale.'

A push on the klaxon and a ring on the gongs,
And then I was down where no mortal belongs,
Where the air's going bad and the bread's getting stale,
And they mix you a nightcap of diesel and shale,
Diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
They mix you a nightcap of diesel and shale.

Keep walking, keep walking, you foolish young man,
You know that I never would give you my hand.
Your hair is too thin and your face is too pale,
Cause you spend too much time with your diesel and shale,
Diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
You spend too much time with your diesel and shale.

We circled the Med. for a summer or two,
Where the sun is so warm and the water so blue.
Well, that's what they tell me, but I wouldn't know,
'Cause the view ain't so good when you're stuck down below,
With the diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
When you're stuck down below with the diesel and shale.

Then the big man at Dolphin he told me at last:
'lt's time you went back to a ship with a mast.'
I feel like a Jonah a-leaving the whale
Cause l'm saying goodbye to the diesel and shale,
The diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
I'm saying goodbye to the diesel and shale.

Oh Crabby, dear Crabby, I bid you adieu,
And Synagogue Dick and the Black Mamba too.
l'll do all me travelling by road and by rail,
And you know what to do with your diesel and shale,
Diesel and shale, diesel and shale,
You know what to do with your diesel and shale.

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Jenny Wren Bride Tune:'My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean

I've just come away from the wedding,
Oh Lord I could laugh till I cried.
I'll never forget the relations I met
When I married my Jenny Wren bride.

Married, married, I married my Jenny Wren bri-iide,
Married, married, I married my Jenny Wren bride.

Her father he works in the dockyard,
Her brother he owns a mariners store,
And as for their habits, well talk about rabbits
They've got half the dockyard ashore.

I asked her old man for a dowry,
He gave me a can of soft soap,
A bundle of waste and some polishing paste
And fifty-six fathoms of rope.

The present we got from her brother
Was twenty-four yards of blue jean,
Her cousin, the Crusher, he sent us note-paper,
Six packets of Service Latrine.

Her family hung flags in the churchyard
And they painted the hallway with flatting,
When out stepped the bride they all piped the side,
And she tripped on the coconut matting.

Her wedding-dress, lashed up with spunyarn,
Was made from an old whaler's sail.
On top of her head a dishcloth was spread,
With a spudnet in front for a veil.

Her petticoat was made out of hessian,
Her knickers were made of green baize,
While for her suspenders she'd a motor-boat's fenders
And two pusser's gaiters for stays.

Now most of the church congregation
Was made up of Wrens on the dole
While in the back pew sat the six-inch gun's crew
And half of the standing patrol. '

The parson got up in the pulpit.
He said, "Who gives this woman away?"
Then a bloke from the Hood whispered: "Blimey, I could,
But let every dog have its day."

Well now, I'm just off on me honeymoon,
I don't know what happens tonight,
But I've spoke to a few who declare that they do,
And they swear she's a bit of all right.

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Both were dredged up from a previous RR Thread of 2007 on the same subject at:

PS Any Contributor who becomes deeply offended by the total absence of profanities (Jackspeak or Civvy) in the two Songs above is invited to attend RR'S Counselling Sessions at our Safe Room, conducted daily by Norman, Mrs. Norman and AC.


War Hero
To the tune of ‘Under the Sea’. From the Little Mermaid. (Classic).

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?
Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea
Down here all the fish is happy
As off through the waves they roll
The fish on the land ain't happy
They sad 'cause they in their bowl
But fish in the bowl is lucky
They in for a worser fate
One day when the boss get hungry
Guess who's gon' be on the plate?
Under the sea
Under the sea
Nobody beat us
Fry us and eat us
In fricassee

Chris P

War Hero
Now you've started something - I can't rememeber the rest either,

Don't give a fcuk for the killick of the crew
or the PO of the working party,
I'm off ashore at half past four,
'Cos I'm Jack me fcuking hearty!!


War Hero
Just asked the long haired Admiral abut Shep. She didn’t know (she’s a Loggie). She’s dead to me.

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Hi all,
I'd like to thank everyone for posting to this thread. I was originally going to reply to every post, but I've received so many that replying to every one is a bit overwhelming. I hope you don't mind. Please believe me when I say, I appreciate every single post. :)

Many thanks.
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