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The Worst Old Ship


This was a capstan or pump shanty.
The Lyrics below are copied from an old songbook.
The verse about the captain and mate are usually
not sung today as not to offend in a PC world.

Music by - Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey, Sean Dagher


Lyrics

The worst old brig that ever did weigh,
Sailed out of Harwich on a windy day.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


She was built in Roman time,
Held together with bits of twine.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


The skipper's half Dutch and the mate's a Jew,
The crew are fourteen men too few.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


Nothing in the galley—nothing in the hold,
But the skipper's turned in with a bag of gold.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


Off Orford Ness she sprang a leak,
Hear her poor old timbers creak.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


We pumped our way round Lowestoft Ness,
When the wind backed round to the west-sou'-west.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


Through the Cockle to Cromer cliff,
Steering like a wagon with a wheel adrift.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


Into the Humber and up the town,
Pump you blighters—pump or drown.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.


Her coal was shot by a Keadby crew,
Her bottom was rotten and it went right through.
(Chorus)
And we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day
That we get our pay.






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