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Thread #15493   Message #139237
Posted By: Owlkat
21-Nov-99 - 04:23 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Wreck of the Athens Queen (Stan Rogers)
Subject: Lyr Add: WRECK OF THE ATHENS QUEEN (Stan Rogers)
Well, it just so happens that I added it to my database two days ago. Here are the words. I haven't quite got the formatting thing down pat, so you may have to copy it to your word processor, and monkey with it a bit. As far as chords go, if you know the song, you'll be able to figure it out.
Anyway, here goes...

Words and music by Stan Rogers © 1976

We were drinking down to Ready's house,
When first we heard the blow.
It seemed to come from Ripper Rock
So boldly forth we go
And sure enough a rusty tub
Could just be barely seen
As her stern was high up in the air
We made out Athens Queen
Oh the Lovely Athens Queen

Me boys I must remind you
There's a bottle left inside
So let us go and have few
And wait until low tide
And if the sea's not claimed her
When the glasses are licked clean
We ill then set for the some dories, lads
And see what may be seen
On the Lovely Athens Queen

Some songs and old tall stories then
Came out to pass the time
Nor could a single bottle
Keep us all until low tide
And so it was before we left
The house we were at sea
So I scarcely can remember how
We made the Athens Queen
Oh the Lovely Athens Queen

Oh the waves inside me belly
Were as high as those outside
And though I'm never seasick
I lost dinner overside
'Twas well there was no crew to save
For we'd have scared 'em green
We could scarcely keep ourselves from falling
Off the Athens Queen
Oh the Lovely Athens Queen

Well, Ready goes straight down below
And comes up with a cow
"Hello", I said, " what would you be
Wanting with that now?
You'll never take a cow home
In a dory in such seas."
"Well, me son", he says, "I've always fancied
Fresh cream in my tea
'Fore the lovely Athens Queen

I headed for the galley, then,
As I was rather dry
And glad I was to get there quick
For what should I espy?
Oh what a shame it would have been
For to lose it all at sea
Forty cases of the best Napolean
Brandy ever seen
From the Lovely Athens Queen

I loaded twenty cases boys,
Then headed for the shore
Unloaded them as quick as that
And then pulled back for more
Smith was pulling for the shore
But he scarcely could be seen
Under near two hundred chickens
And a leather couch of green
From the Lovely Athens Queen

Well, here's to all good salvagers
Likewise to Ripper Rock
And to Napolean Brandy
Of which now we have much stock
We eat a lot of chicken
And sit on a couch of green
And we wait for Ripper Rock to claim
Another Athens Queen
Oh the Lovely Athens Queen
Line Breaks
-Joe Offer-