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Subject: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 09 Feb 23 - 06:25 PM

THE SAILOR'S WIFE

First we have the sailor's wife and she was dressed in blue,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had a life boat crew,
She had a life-boat crew me boys, the rowlocks and the oars,
While in another corner the marines were doing (fours).


She had those dark and dreamy eyes
And a whizz-bang up her jacksie
She was one of the flash girls,
One of the old brigade.


Next we come to the soldier's wife and she was dressed in black,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had a union jack,
She had a union jack me boys, the old red white and blue,
While in the other corner, were the signals coming through.

Next we come to the airman's wife and she was dressed in beige,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had a Handley Page,
She had a Handley Page me boys, the engine on the throb,
While in the other corner was an airman on the job.

Last to come was the undertaker's wife and she was dressed in red,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had a hundred dead,
She had a hundred dead me boys, the coffins there as well,
And in another corner there was merry bloody hell.


Transcribed from "The Sailor's Wife" track on the CD Come On Lads by the Sod's Opera.   The cd gives authentic songs from WWII.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 09 Feb 23 - 06:28 PM

The Army Dance:

First there came the general's wife,
And she was dressed in grey, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had a brewer's dray, sir.

Next there came the colonel's wife,
And she was dressed in red, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had a feather bed, sir.

Next there came the major's wife,
And she was dressed in pink, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had a kitchen sink, sir.

Next there came the captain's wife,
And she was dressed in blue, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had some four-by-two, sir,

Next there came the sergeant's wife,
And she was dressed in black, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had a chimney stack, sir.

Next there came the corporal's wife,
And she was dressed in brown, sir,
And in her quite enormous quim,
She had all Tidworth town, sir.


Posted here. It is supposed to be from The Faber Book of War Poetry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 09 Feb 23 - 06:59 PM

THE FOUR WIVES

First there came the airman's wife,
And she was dress in beige,
And in one corner of her funny little thing,
She had a Handley Paige,
She had a Handley Paige, my bow,
The engines all a-throb,
And in the other corner was an airman on the job.
CHORUS: She had those dark and dreamy eyes,
With a whiz-bang up her Jacksie,
Singing "Whoa back, Gee back, come and get your money back,
Come and have a bang at Mary,
Singing Old airmen never die,
They yank themselves away.

Next there came the Captain's wife,
And she was dress in blue,
And in one corner of her funny little thing,
She had the life boat crew,
She had the life boat crew, my boys,
The rowlock and the ours,
And in the other corer, the marines were forming fours.
CHORUS: She had those dark and dreamy eyes, etc.

Next there came the cricketor's wife
And she was dressed in vermilion,
And in one corner of ther funny little thing,
She had the Lord's pavilion,
She had the Lord's pavilion, boys,
The scorer and his book,
And in the other corner, the remains of last night's fuck.
CHORUS: She had those dark and dreamy eyes, etc.

Last there came the brewer's wife, and she was dress in grey,
And in one corner of her funny little thing,
She had the brewer's dray, my boys,
The horses and the beer,
And in the other corner she had syph. and gonorreah.
CHORUS: She had those dark and dreamy eyes, etc.

From Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF, 1945, page 26. This song provides one the earliest references for the word "jacksie".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 10 Feb 23 - 08:24 AM

SHE HAD THOSE DARK AND DREAMY EYES

And then there came a sailor's wife,
And she was dressed in blue
And in the corner of her funny little thing
She stowed the lifeboats crew
She stowed the lifeboats crew, me lads,
The rowlocks and the oars
And in the other corner
The marines were formed in fours

She had those dark and dreamy eyes
With a whiz-bang up her jumper
She was one of the flash-eyed girls
She was one of the London whores

Then there came a fisherman's wife
And she was dressed in black
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She stowed a fishing smack
She stowed a fishing smack, me lads,
The lobsters and the dabs
And in the other corner
She's a shocking dose of crabs


Oh, then there came a socialists wife
Now she was going hardy
And in one corner of her funny little thing
she had a socialist's party
She had a socialist's party, me lads,
And in the other crack
A little wisp of grey mustache
That belonged to Ramsey Mac


And then there came a gunner's wife
Now she was dress in red
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She stowed the horses head
She stowed the horses head, me lads,
The bridle and bit
And in the other corner
Battery B was shoving shit


And then there came a brewer's wife
Now she was dressed in grey
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She stored the brewer's dray
She stored the brewer's dray, me lads,
The barrels and the beer
And in the other corner
She had syph and gonorrhea

She had those dark and dreamy eyes
With a whiz-bang up her jumper
She was one of the flash-eyed girls
She was one of the London whores

Collected by Les Cleveland from Coxman Burt Christy of Tetington, England on Aug 15, 1944. Christy said the song had about 30 stanzas and it was popular in the British Navy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 10 Feb 23 - 01:08 PM

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE

Then up and spoke a sailors wife
And she was dressed in green
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a submarine
She had a submarine my boys
With conning tower complete
And In the other comer she had half the fucking fleet

Chorus: She had those dark and dreamy eyes
With a whiz bang up her nighty
Singing Hi Jack, come and have a skin back
Come and have a bang at Liza, singing
Old solders never die, they just smell that way


Then up and spoke the gunners wife
And she was full of fun
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a vickers gun
She had a vickers gun my boys
With the breech block and the sear
And in the other corner she had provisions for a year

Then up and spoke the pilots wife
And she was chewing gum
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a fifty-one
She had a fifty-one my boys
Two napalms and six guns
And in the other corner she had rockets by the tons

Then up and spoke the skippers wife
And she was dressed in black
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a fishing smack
She had a fishing smack my boys
The oarlocks and the oars
And in the other corner she had bags and bags of sores

Then up and spoke the jockey's wife
and she was dressed in red
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a horses head
She had a horses head my boys
The bridle and the bit
And in the other coner she had bags and gabs of shit

Then up and spoke the brewers wife
And she was dressed in grey
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a brewers dray
She had a brewers dray my boys
The barrels and the beer
And in the other comer she had syph and ghonnorhea

From The Fighter Pilot's Hymn Book, 1958, page 43, compiled & edited by William Starr. This songbook was used by Oscar Brand to produce the Wild Blue Yonder LP's. See the songbook online here: https://archive.org/details/1958thefighterpilotshymnbookwilliamstarr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 10 Feb 23 - 01:31 PM

SEVEN WHORES OF POMPEY

There were seven whores of Pompey,
A-sipping of their wine.
And the subject for discussion was was
"Is your thing bigger than mine?"
Now up spoke Bloody Mary, her cunt as big as hell,
And in it was a lighthouse and a battleship as well.
CHORUS: She had those dark and dreamy eyes
And a whizzbang up her jacksie, (Taxi!)
She was one of those flash eyed whores,
One of the old brigade.

Now the next one was a sailor's wife and she was dressed in blue
And in one corner of her funny little thing she stowed a seaboat's crew,
She stowed a seaboat's crew my boys the rowlocks and the oars,
And in the other corner the Marines were forming fours.

Now the next one was a fisherman's wife and she was dressed in green,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she stowed a soup tureen,
She stowed a soup tureen my boys the ladles and the soup,
And in the other corner Naval Airmen looped the loop.

Now the next one was a brewer's wife and she was dressed in grey.
And in one corner of her funny little thing she stowed a brewer's dray,
She stowed a brewer's dray my boys the barrels and the beer,
And in the other corner she had Syph. and Gonorrhoea.

The next one was a Pongo's wife and she was dressed in red,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she stowed a horse's head,
She stowed a horse's head my boys the bridles and the bit,
And in the other corner Naval airmen shovelling shit.

Now the next one was a C.P.O.'s wife and she was dressed in puce,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she practised self-abuse,
She practised self-abuse my boys in forty different ways.
And in the other corner was Willmott buggering Hayes.

Now the next one was a cricketer's wife and she was dressed in vermilion,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she stowed the Lord's pavilion,
She stowed the Lord's pavilion boys the batsman and his duck.
And in the other corner the remains of last night's fuck.

Now the next one was the Captains wife and she was dressed in gold,
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had the 'Leopold.'
She had the 'Leopold' my boys, the diesels and the oil.
And in the other corner she'd a fucking 'normous boil'.

Then up there spake the airman's wife and she was dressed in beige
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had a Handley Page,
She had a Handley Page my boys with joystick and its knob
And in the other corner were two Naval airmen on the job.

Then up there spake the actor's wife who was also dressed in beige
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had the Windmill stage,
She had the Windmill stage my boys the gallery and stalls
And in the other corner she had C.B. Cochrane's balls.

Then up there spake the observer's wife and she was dressed in chrome
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had the aerodrome,
She had the aerodrome my boys the bombers and the troops
And in the other corner there were Barras Looping loops.

And then there was the ops room girl — she was a little WAAF
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had the ops room staff.
She had the ops room staff my boys all fucking there like hell
And in the other corner she had signals staff as well.

And then up spake the telephone girl and she was dressed very strange
And in one corner of her funny little thing she had the camp exchange.
She had the camp exchange my boys the wire and all the switches
And in the other corner Little F had left his breeches.

And last there spake the Lieutenant's wife and she was dressed so poor
And in her palmy days my boys she'd been a Pompey whore
She'd been a Pompey whore my boys and her price was half a crown,
But now that she's got married her price is coming down.

Pgs 198-199, The Fleet Air Arm Songbook (1971). The songbook can be viewed online here: https://archive.org/details/1979cathefleetairarmsongbook/page/198/mode/2up?view=theater


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 10 Feb 23 - 02:55 PM

No. 1293

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE

This Army song is derived from Kind Words Never Die , a
19th century popular song written, published and per¬
formed by the famous Hutchinson Family Singers in the
1850s. In the 1890s the song was adapted and intro¬
duced at West Point military academy by General Summer-
all. Song became a national hit in 1951* during the
war action against Korea, when the title and closing
line was referred to by General Douglas MacArthur at
the conclusion of his speech to Congress. Naturally
a parody was sung by foot soldiers, which is given be¬
low as version B.

The song does not appear in any of the scholastic-type
folk song collections I have seen, but a version is in
Silverman, I, 138.

Version A is the one sung by cadets at 'West Point.

Old Soldiers Never Die (Version A)

Old soldiers never die, never.die, never die;
Old soldiers never die—they simply fade away.
Old soldiers never die, never die, never die;
Old soldiers never die—young ones wish they would.
This rain will never stop, never stop, never stop;
This rain will never stop—No, oh! No, no, no!


VERSION B

Well, once I met a sailor’s wife
And she was dressed in green;
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a submarine
She had a submarine, my boys,
With a cunning tour complete;
And in the other corner
She had half the friggin’ fleet!

TAG:

Old soldiers never die,
They just smell that way!


Then once I met a gunner’s wife
And she was full of fun;
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a six-inch gun!
She had a six-inch gun, my boys.
The breech block and the sear,
And in the other corner
Ammunition for a year, etc.

Now once I met a skipper's wife.
She was dressed in black;
And in one corner of her funny little thing
She had a fishing smack!
She had a fishing smack, my boys,

The main mast and the sails,
And in the other corner
Swam a friggin' school of whales( etc.


The Master Book of American Folk Song, 1983, ed by Riley Shepard.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Sailor's Wife (Rakish Kind)
From: and e
Date: 10 Feb 23 - 03:29 PM

THREE PLYMOUTH WHORES

There were three whores from Plymouth town, drinking the red red wine,
And the gist of the conversation was is yours as big as mine,
Is yours as big as mine me boys, is yours as big as mine,
And the gist of the conversation was is yours as big as mine,

CHORUS:

She had a dark and roving eye and a whizz bang up her jacksie,
She was one of the dark eyed whores, one of the old brigade.


Then up then spoke the cavers wife and she did wear a buckle,
And in one corner of her cunt she had a boulder ruckle,
She had a boulder ruckle boys, the boulders and the scree,
And in the other corner, she had the B.E.C.

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the cavers wife and she did wear a wallet,
And in one corner of her cunt she had Thrupe Swallet,
She had Thrupe Swallet boys, its fault plane and its jointing,
And in the other corner, Dave Berry and George Pointing,

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the cavers wife, she didn't wear a stitch,
And in one corner of her c--t she had a ladder pitch,
She had a ladder pitch me boys, a hanging in the void,
And in the other corner she had Oliver Cromwell Lloyd,

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the cavers wife, and she was dressed in blue,
And in one corner of her c--t she had the whole of Swildons Two,
She had the whole of Swildons Two me boys, the Black Hole and the sump,
And in the other corner, she had the Axbridge dump.

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the cricketers wife and she was dressed in vermillion,
And in one corner of her c--t she had the Lords pavillion,
She had the Lords pavillion boys, the wickets and the bails,
And in the other corner, ten thousand lined the rails.

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the gunners wife and she was dressed for fun,
And in one corner of her c--t she had a six inch gun,
She had a six inch gun me boys, the breeze block and the sear,
And in the other corner amunition for a year,

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the actors wife and she was dressed in beige,
And in one corner of her cunt she had the Alhambra stage,
She had the Alhambra stage me boys, the circles and the stalls,
And in the other corner, one of C B Cochranes balls.

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the airmans wife and she was dressed in green,
And in one corner of her cunt she had a soup tureen,
She had a soup tureen me boys, the ladle and the soup,
And in the other corner, two vampires looped the loop.

CHORUS:

Then up then spoke the fishermans wife and she was dressed in black,
And in one corner of her cunt she had a fishing smack,
She had a fishing smack me boys, the rowlocks and the oar,
And in the other corner, the crew lined four by four,

CHORUS:


Retrieved from https://www.harmonieii.co.uk/caving/plymouth.html on 10 Feb 2023. The website has music and an MP3. The website says that four caving verses have been added but he kept as many of the original verses as he could remember.


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