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Thread #23533   Message #2868105
Posted By: Charley Noble
20-Mar-10 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: us navy drinking songs
Subject: Lyr Add: GOSPORT NANCY
One of the best Royal Navy drinking song was collected by Cyril Tawney in his book Grey Funnel Lines:

GOSPORT NANCY

Gosport Nancy, she's my fancy,
She's the girl to make good sport;
How she'll greet you when she meets you
When your ship gets into port;
All the Gosport ladies,
They loves a sailor man,
But for finding a way to spend your pay
There's none like Gosport Nan!

Gosport ladies love their gargle,
Gosport girls they goes their tot;
Rum and brandy, gin and shandy,
Gosport girls will drink the lot;
All the Gosport ladies,
They swigs the flowing can,
But for knocking it back with Honest Jack
There's none like Gosport Nan!

Gosport girls they'e good at dancing,
They're the best there is, no doubt;
When the music sets them prancing
How they fling their skirts about;
All the Gosport ladies,
They do the French Can-Can,
But for real high kicks and fancy tricks
There's none like Gosport Nan!

Gosport Nancy keeps a parlour
Where the boys can take their ease;
She will wake you, yes she'll shake you,
She will do whatever you please;
All the Gosport ladies,
They do the best they can,
But for making a bed for a sailor's head
There's none like Gosport Nan!

Notes from Cyril Tawney:

"Across the harbour from Portsmouth…lies the borough of Gosport, its junior neighbour and the setting for another unique composition. In style and spirit it can rank alongside the best of the old sailing-ship ditties on the same subject. The author was clearly a cut above the usual standard of RN songwriters, yet he (or they) remains anonymous."

Extra verse from Ancient Mariner:

Gosport Girls all love their tars
Gosport girls prop up all the bars
They will take you all the way, boys,
Blockhouse, Haslar, and Priddys Hard.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble