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GUEST,retsub 20 Jul 00 - 08:55 PM
NH Dave 21 Jul 00 - 12:19 AM
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Subject: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,retsub
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 08:55 PM

first i want to thank the host..one super site for song lyrics... looking for others like we used to sing in the littlecreek officers club in the 60's with pappy walsh.examples a.her mother never told her the things a young girl should know about the ways of college boys and how they come and go b. I've got six pense i wish i had the book but cant find it...any help would be appreciated..got lots of the songs off of this site and i thank you all for that


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Subject: Lyr Add: The Lady in Red (Let Her Sleep...)
From: NH Dave
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 12:19 AM

The version I know is the one in "Song Fest", edited by Dick and Beth Best, which is still available for MUCH more than its original couple buck price on the various book finder sites.

T'was a cold winter's evening
The guests were all leaving
O'Leary was closing the bar.
When he turned and he said
To the lady in red,
"Get out! You can't stay where you are."

She shed a stray tear
In her bucket of beer
As she thought of the cold night ahead
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the....phone booth
And these are the words that he said.

Chorus

Her mother never told her
The things that young girls ought to know
About the ways of college men
And how they come and go..(mostly go)
Age has taken her beauty
And sin has left its sad scar
Remember your mothers and sisters, boys
And let her sleep under the bar.. (next to the gin)


I've Got Sixpence can be found in "Rise Up Singing" from Sing Out. As far as other military songs go, look for military or the specific war in The Digital Tradition Database, or for songs from Viet Nam, sung by other services do a global search for Dick Jonas, a former 8th Tac Fighter Wing pilot and both writer and collector of many songs of dubious value...except they said exactly what we meant at the time.

Dave
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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: SeanM
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 12:42 AM

The US Navy had drinking songs?!?!?!

What the hell did I miss???

M


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 01:59 AM

Passed me by too, all I know is 'Be kind to your web footed friends.....'

LTS


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Racer
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 03:52 AM

All we had was "Anchors Away" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling". I still cringe when I hear the latter.


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Naemanson
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 09:02 AM

Yes, the Navy had drinking songs. I have an old song book that is full of U.S. Navy drinking songs. The book dates from the '20's I think. I don't think it has the song retsub is looking for. I need to go home and look at it.

There is also a great album by Oscar Brand called "Every Inch A Sailor" which is drinking and bawdy songs (the two do go together) from the Navy. He did a whole series of them, one for each brnch of the service.

And then there was his series that started with "When Dalliance Was In Flower And Maidens Lost Their Heads" which at my last count was up to at least six albums.

Now how did I get into bawdy songs? I guess it's been a while....


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Hollowfox
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 10:09 AM

It was Ed McCurdy that did the "Dalliance" series. Those songs are mostly 18th century, I think. Both series are good, just different flavors. I'd love to see a copy of that songbook.


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: SeanM
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 12:41 PM

Honestly, from any of my friends when I was in, and ones since then the only songs in today's Navy tend to be whatever the latest pop is, and usually just the uglier mysogynistic stuff at that.

You haven't known "fun" until you've been subjected to a boatfull of drunk squids attempting to rap "slap my ho" or some other crap while drunk and vomiting...

M


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 03:56 PM

All of that not withstanding, I remember one of my first chief having served through three wars, (World War 2, Korea and Vietnam) Singing "Bell bottomed trousers". I do know that the tradition has pretty much died out mainly because of fools mentioned above. But at one time the Navy had songs like "The Cumberland", "Old Ironsides" and "THe Alabama" Let me know how the search Goes. Irish Sergeant who spent many years riding the haze grey express before adopting a musket and land lubber habits


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: paddymac
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 04:07 PM

"You haven't known "fun" until you've been subjected to a boatfull of drunk squids attempting to rap "slap my ho" or some other crap while drunk and vomiting... "

Jezuz, SeanM, just the thought of it is enough to make a lad swear off the drink. Well, alright, maybe at least think about it for a second or two. If that's the best they've got, I'd say the navy better revamp its boot training curriculum and expose those kids to some of the navy's historical culture, or cultural history. Whatever, man, like, wow, can you dig it? Ya Know? ARggggggh!


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: SeanM
Date: 21 Jul 00 - 04:18 PM

History is SERIOUSLY lacking in the USN, at least on the enlisted side.

If you sit down and read the Bluejacket's Manual, you'll get some of it - but only a very brief gloss before they get down to the truly important business of how to properly fold your underwear...

Sad, really. I'd bet that some 90% of the abuse I've seen the Navy put the locals (and themselves) through would be curtailed if they actually tried to instill some pride in the service along with the discipline...

The mental vision of a horde of drunken sailors carousing through the streets of Abu Dhabi singing "Bang Away Lulu" alone makes the idea worthwhile... Gotta be better than the same thing with Snoop Dogg.

M


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,TFINNEY
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 09:06 PM

PAPPY WALSH WAS THE GREATEST. BEFORE WE WERE MARRIED MY WIFE AND I USED TO GO TO THE LITTLE CREEK O CLUB AND LISTEN TO HIM. WHAT GREAT MEMORIES. I STILL HAVE ONE OF THE SONG BOOKS HE USED TO LAY ON TOP OF HIS RICKEY OLD PIANO.


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 10:00 PM

Here's a late edition to the collection, late because it was actually composed as a poem by a Navy officer in World War 1, Burt Franklin Jenness: Click here for lyrics and MP3 Sample!

It's called "Ballad of the Old Navy" and describes a glorious spree and brawl on the lower East Side of New York City.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 06:36 AM

Hardly surprising that USN guys went berserk when they got ashore - USN ships were (AND I imagine) still are Dry ! At least in the Andrew after they stopped The Tot , the guys were allowed two cans of beer a day !
Meant they STILL went berserk , but usually only for the first couple of days in port !


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 10 - 12:30 PM

i think always had em we just got to drunk to sing em guess we'll leave to the ausies


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOSPORT NANCY
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Mar 10 - 10:32 AM

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


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,luz
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 05:57 PM

Who knows, the old navy song about Sego Bay......ain't got no tails, bitten off by whales ????


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 06:43 PM

Try a Web search for "tails in Zamboanga."

Never heard the "Sego Bay" version.


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Molly
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 02:02 AM

Does anybody know the melody that goes with these words? (quoted in Evan Thomas' book Sea of Thunder);
    Oh, we're the boys in the CVEs,
    A little bit shaky in the knees,
    Our engines knock and cough and wheeze
    In Doug MacArthur's Navy.

    While Jeeps are not dependable
    Their actions are commendable
    But Gosh, they are expendable
    In Doug MacArthur'a Navy.


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 07:49 AM

Looks like "The Old Destroyer Squadron."

That tune, with extremely bawdy words ("The North Atlantic Squadron") may be found here:

@displaysong.cfm?SongID=6759


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Molly
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 09:09 PM

Hey, GUEST,Lighter! Thanks a lot. This works. Now all I have to do is change the words to "In Old Bull Halsey's Navy." I wonder if the shipmates from my dad's escort carrier will remember it. I'll find out at the next reunion! Again, thanks! Molly


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 27 Jan 13 - 07:43 AM

Molly, don't mention it.

But if they remember any other songs, scandalous or not, please post 'em here!


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: GUEST,Fletcher Lokey
Date: 01 Nov 17 - 08:03 PM

I'm not aware that it was a drinking song. I only know it as a poem my dad, Lt. Hamilton Lokey ACI officer of USS Natoma Bay, wrote for the ship's newspaper. He was fond of doggerel poetry, and he actually got MacArthur mad with that one. It ended up making its way around the South Pacific, and dad said that M ordered that somebody find the son of a bitch that wrote it, but nobody squealed on him.

Here's a link to the whole poem

http://bit.ly/2z8fP1k


Link shrunk. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: us navy drinking songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Nov 17 - 08:26 PM

Are there any naval songs about being drunk as a skunk in charge of a nuclear missile submarine? (It's happened in the UK a few times in recent years).


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