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Thread #27046   Message #329343
Posted By: Naemanson
28-Oct-00 - 05:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: On Board of a Man-of-War
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'On Board Of A Man-of-war'
Is this the same as Sam's Gone Away:

I wish I was the captain on board a man o' war HEY!
Sam's gone away on board a man o' war

Pretty work, brave boys, pretty work I say,
Sam's gone away on board a man o' war

The "HEY!" is shouted and generally startles the audience the first time through. The actual job changes with each verse. We do it once through straight with traditional verses and each person singing a verse. Then on the second sing through the rest of the group fool around with making up oddball verses. As the leader of the song I pretend to get angry as each foolish verse surfaces.

I finally end it with the traditional verse

I wish there was no use for this bloody man o' war,
Sam's gone away on board a man o' war

Pretty work, brave boys, pretty work I say,
Sam's gone away on board a man o' war