Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
radriano Lyr Req: Firing the Mauretania (41) ADD: Firing the Mauritania^^ 15 Sep 00

I just got these lyrics a few weeks ago from Stephen Canwright, one of the regular singers at the shanty sings held at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Steve is a great singer and has the honor of having recorded with Louis Killen.

Firing the Mauritania
Source: Stephen Canwright

In nineteen hundred twenty four
Found myself in Liverpool on the floor
So I went to the Cunard office door
Got a job on the Mauritania

Chorus: Oh, firing the Mauritania
She surely is a slaver
To Hell with the Mauritania

The Mauritania'a a wonderful sight
Sixty-four fires a-burning bright
But you'll shovel coal from morning to night
A-firing the Mauritania

The coal was so hard and full of slate
And that's what got to the four-to-eight
It very soon wearied the four-to-eight
A-firing the Mauritania

The eight-to-twelve were much better men
But they were weary by half part ten
So tired and weary by half past ten
A-firing the Mauritania

The fan's on the bum and fire won't draw
And that's what got to the twelve-to-four
It very soon buggered the twelve-to-four
A-firing the Mauritania

So come all you firemen, listen to me
The Mauritania spells purgatory
Stick to the coast, don't go deep sea
A-firing the Mauritania

Steve's notes: I copied this from a tape by Bermuda Quadrangle titled "A Beautiful Life." They credit Stan Hugill's "The Bosun's Locker" column in The Folksong Magazine, Vol 1, # 9, 1962. He credited collection and arrangement by Redd Sullivan of the Thameside 4, who was apparently a fireman himself.

(song has been added to the DT -JRO)

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.