The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #36510   Message #505533
Posted By: Margo
13-Jul-01 - 12:53 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier and the Sailor (Soldier's Prayer)
Subject: ADD Version: The Topman and the Afterguard
I haven't seen here the version that Lou Killen does of the Topman and the Afterguard. I shall try from memory:

The Topman and the Afterguard

Oh a topman and an afterguard went a walking out one day
Says the topman to the afterguard I mean for to pray
for the rights of all sailors and the wrongs of all men
and whatever I do pray for you must answer "amen".

First I'll pray for the bosun with his little stick
Who calls out "all hands" and then gives us a lick
He strikes many a good fellow and kicks him a-main
May the devil double triple damn him; says the afterguard, "Amen"

Next I'll pray for the purser who gives us to eat
Old burgoo, rank butter and musty horse meat
With his weavily old biscuits, while he gets the gain,
May the devil double triple damn him, says the Afterguard, "Amen"

Then I'll pray for them navy officers who hold back our due,
We are owed three years wages and prize money too,
Well it's no pay for you Jack try next voyage again,
May the Devil double triple damn them, says the afterguard "Amen"

And the last thing that I'll pray for is a jug of good beer,
For the Lord made the liquor our spirits to cheer,
And where we had one pot I wish we had ten,
And never never want for grog boys, says the afterguard "Amen"

I sure do like the way Lou Killen sings this, too.