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Thread #34080   Message #458143
Posted By: Mr Red
08-May-01 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Subject: RE: Blood Red Roses
The Royal Navy was the "silent service" because a crowd of singing sailors would be heard before they could be seen on relatively calm seas. If they can't see you you can't see them so you don't know when they are over the horizon.
I will consult Uncle Stan on this one. But Royal Navy song it ain't, whatever the red referrence is to. Would Royal Naval sailors pawn there boots & shoes? AND did the Royal Navy venture round the Horn that often?. There were always plenty of men to work on military ships, no need for super-efficiency.
No surprise that I song this one, is there?