Heart(s) of Oak

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    Last edited: Apr 19, 2013
  2. dunkers

    dunkers New member

    What are the superstitions?
  3. dubaipusser

    dubaipusser New member

    What? Immediately? Or just at the end of the song?
  4. Old_Hand

    Old_Hand New member

    Have you tried the Amazon Music website.
  5. stirling2

    stirling2 Banned

    Whoever told you that is an arse
  6. brigham600

    brigham600 War Hero

    Not sure who gave you that bit of info, but it is news to me as HOA is sung at pickle nights every year and and the Navy continues to operate.
  7. Deckhead_Inspector

    Deckhead_Inspector New member

    Recent BRNC myth. Was never mentioned in my time there(1979-81), though admittedly we did not sing it. But, it has been sung in my present mess, allegedly, for over 200 years now. (One name change in that period by the simple expedient of adding a single letter.) We are still here!
  8. fullasternboth

    fullasternboth New member

    Would that letter be a "T"?
  9. wallace

    wallace Midshipman

    That is the first time I have heard of this superstition since joining in 1969. Sounds like the originator couldn't sing or didn't drink at Mess Dinners.
  10. fishmiester

    fishmiester Banned

    Or more likely did not know the words. Mind you having said that I have been singing it for years and it must be said the Mob is on a downward slide mmmm perhaps there is something in it :?
  11. Shakey

    Shakey War Hero

    Come cheer up my lads,
    It's to glory we steer
    To add something more
    To this wonderful year
    To honour we call you,
    As free men, not slaves
    For who are so free
    As the sons of the waves

    Hearts of oak are our ships
    Hearts of oak are our men
    We always are ready
    Steady, boys, steady
    We'll fight and we'll conquer,
    Again and again

    Our worthy forefathers,
    Let's give them a cheer
    To climates unknown
    Did courageously steer
    Through oceans to deserts,
    For freedom they came
    And dying, bequeathed us
    Their freedom and fame

    Hearts of oak are our ships
    Hearts of oak are our men
    We always are ready
    Steady, boys, steady
    We'll fight and we'll conquer,
    Again and again

    Slight variants exist, especially with the second verse!
  12. Deckhead_Inspector

    Deckhead_Inspector New member

    Dear fullastern both, you may be correc_!
  13. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Has anyone got /got a lead to HofOak arranged for the organ (or piano would do) - need it for my funeral, played full blast. No Hurry!
  14. Lamri

    Lamri New member

    I think King Tony (His Tonyness) has been singing it in the bath then :evil:
  15. Stripey_G

    Stripey_G New member

    I think if he does sing it Lamri, he only sings the first two lines!
    (come cheer up lads, I'ts to glory we steer)......yeah, right!! :evil:
  16. Lamri

    Lamri New member

    Think you're right there Stripey, he's dragging out the death throes :(
  17. grefs

    grefs New member


    Those were the days.
  18. Always_a_Civvy

    Always_a_Civvy Supporter - ADC

    You lot certainly looked impressive in those days Grefs. Where are you in that photo? (Incidentally aren't those Dreadnoughts?) :wink: :lol:
  19. Stripey_G

    Stripey_G New member

    Dreadnoughts they be Always, mighty ships for their day. Thats when we had a real Navy. My ship is the one on the left of the piccy!! :wink: Oh, come on, I'm not that old!! :grin:
  20. grefs

    grefs New member

    Just see me way at the back (left of piccy).

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