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GUEST,Written by Billy Bennett 23 Aug 22 - 02:11 PM
Joe Offer 23 Aug 22 - 04:11 PM
Joe Offer 23 Aug 22 - 04:15 PM
Joe Offer 23 Aug 22 - 04:51 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 24 Aug 22 - 08:55 AM
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Subject: Then Sailor's Farewell to his Horse
From: GUEST,Written by Billy Bennett
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 02:11 PM


Billy Bennett
(Almost a Gentleman)

'Twas a dirty night, 'twas a dirty trick
When our ship turned over in the Atlantic
It was the schooner Hesperous - we all lay asleep in our bunks
Bound for a cruise, where they don't have revues
With a cargo of elephant's trunks.

The sea was as smooth as a baby's top lip
Not even a policeman in sight
And the little sardines had got into their tins
And pulled down the lids for the night.

We hadn't gone far down the channel
When a terrible storm arose
The captain stood on the bridge of the ship
And I stood on the bridge of his nose.

We hoped for the best, for the mast had gone West
And the rudder was lost in the swell
And the anchor got caught in the back of my shirt
And I lost my rudder as well.

S.O.S., S.O.S., flashed through the air
From the wireless right down the jetty
The steward brought S.O.S. on a plate
Sausages, onions, and spaghetti.

Said old Bo'sun Brown, 'The ship's going down
And I'm sure that we'll never reach Blighty.
' 'Women and children first', cried the mate
So I put on an old woman's nighty.

I dived in the sea, doing side strokes
And sun strokes - with chattering teeth
I could see all the water on top of the waves -
And I found a lot more underneath.

I swam out to Sidney, on my floating kidney
And then, back to Alsace Lorraine
When I stepped on the pier, the wife shouted, 'I'm here!'
So I jumped in the water again.

I said to a girl - 'You must swim for your life
Or hang on to a buoy, if you can.'
She looked at me coy, and said, 'You're not a boy,
Get out, you're a dirty old man!'
    Note from Joe Offer: Posted by the wonderful Monologue John Bartley.

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Subject: RE: ADD: Then Sailor's Farewell to his Horse (poem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 04:11 PM

Also at

Billy Bennett is also mentioned in this thread (click)

"Almost a Gentleman" playlist:

"Almost a Gentleman" camera interviews (1927):

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Subject: RE: ADD: Then Sailor's Farewell to his Horse (poem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 04:15 PM

Hi - Is that you, John? Please observe how others post lyrics at Mudcat. The "From" box in the message is for your name, not the name of the songwriter/author. Tell us where you got the lyrics, and tell us a little about the piece - how you first came across it, whether you knew it as a kid, and so forth. Don't just dump a bunch of stuff on us without telling us about it. We need to have some sort of context.


Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor

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Subject: RE: ADD: Then Sailor's Farewell to his Horse (poem)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Aug 22 - 04:51 PM

Monologue John Bartley's masterful performance of "The Sailor's Farewell to his Horse":

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Subject: RE: ADD: Then Sailor's Farewell to his Horse (poem)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 24 Aug 22 - 08:55 AM

I doubt if any version could beat that of Freddie Mackay of Belfast-

I first heard him do it in Bob Davenport & the Rakes wonderful 'Fox'club in Islington about 1965, along with 'Little Nell was a collier's daughter' and others, amid great hilarity.

I've done it myself in recent years, but never seen it in print- it's amazing how different my version is from the one here- ah well, that's the folk process & I'm not changing now!

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