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GUEST,Barrie Roberts Lyr Req: P & O Steamships Ballad (24) RE: P & O Steamships Ballad -- Lyric Wanted 22 Mar 05


Forty plus years ago I worked with a bloke who had served in the Uk Merchant Navy aboard P & O ships.
He used to sing snatches of a song (to the tune of 'Villikins and Dinah') which he had acquired aboard P & O boats. He said it had a verse for every port between London and Sydney.
He'd forgotten much of it and I've forgotten more since.
I recall the opening and one other verse:
    I went down to Tilbury, the weather was fine,
    And took up a berth on the P & O Line,
    They paint their ships black and they paint their ships white
    And they work us poor bastards by day and by night.

    Chorus: Heave away! Heave away!
    From London to Sydney's a bloody long way.

    Now Port Said in Egypt's our next port of call,
    There's nothing but sand there and that's about all...
....and, in fact, I can't even recall all of that verse!

Anyone out there know all of it?


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