Oh to be young again


Lantern Swinger
Oh to be young again
There were mismusters, slop chits, tot time and pay
There’s rising and shining and hitting the hay
There’s thickers and strongers and neaters as well
There’s DQ’s and chokey and the tiller flat cell
There’s aft and there’s for’ard, abeam and abaft
To civvies this cackle seems awfully daft
But to those in the Andrew it doesn’t seem strange
Like the draft chits the Jossman can always arrange
We’re always being seen off and getting green rubs
And chasing up rubbers and looking for subs
And going ashore like a great herd of cattle
And getting filled in and put in the rattle
There’s runs out to Honkers that to Jack are just fine
There’s times when we say, “Roll on my time.”
And when time comes and we’re out on the dole
In old civvy street, where we don’t know a soul
We think of the good times and wish we were back
In bells, silk and lanyard… A real tiddly Jack!
But now us old farts have now had our time
It's a chance for the youngsters to stand in line
Times have changed and ships are now few
But Jack is the same and he still downs a few
The DFs have gone and so has the tot
Is this a bad thing? Perhaps it is not
Young lads & lassies have replaced the old tars
Do they have more sense or are they always in Bars?
Bet they still get pissed off when they get a pierhead jump
Or a non preference draft bet they still get the hump
Well we had our time and it all ended fine
Time to hand over let them enjoy their time.
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