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Reiver 2 Lyr Add: Gosport Nancy (19) RE: Lyr Add: Gosport Nancy 27 Apr 05

A different song and much older... but about Gosport Girls. In his fine book "To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World," Arthur Herman, in discussing prize money paid to sailors in the mid 1700s writes,"Even a sailor paid off from a long voyage could end up with a purse jammed with thirty or even forty guineas. No wonder the girls of Gosport used to sing:

Sailors they get all the money,
Soldiers they get none but brass;
I do love a jolly sailor,
Soldiers they may kiss my arse."

I'm not trying to start an interservice feud, but does anyone know anything more about this song? Other verses? Actual name? Tune?Anything. I have a Celtic band in mind that I think might be eespecially interested in learning it -- they're selling T-shirts with the last three words of the verse above emblazoned on them in Gaelic! "Pog mo thron," or something like that.

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