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Thread #126636   Message #2814957
Posted By: Tug the Cox
18-Jan-10 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: Song about the Thames River
Rolling Down the River
(Rolling Up, Rolling Down)

I once was a rigger & I worked like hell
Rolling up, rolling down
But now I'm working with the OCL
And go rolling down the river

Rolling up, rolling down,
We'll all get drunk in Tilbury Town
In twenty four hours we'll turn around
And go rolling down the river

The work is good and the wages fine
When you take a trip on a container line

The cargo comes in TEUs
That's a twenty-foot box boys filled with booze

When I first saw a TEU
I wondered where they stored the crew

There's a Tilbury girl called Kettle Jane,         
First on the boil then off again,               

She's got a friend called Teapot Anne
When she's well brewed she'll take a man

Those Tilbury girls go round in pairs
You'll never catch them unawares

But at the dockyard gates when the work is done
You can pick 'em up boys, one by one

Jack Forbes 1982

I wrote and recorded the song 'Rolling down the River' in 1982 for a radio programme
about Tilbury Docks. It has since been used in an Educational Drama production,
a Folk Theatre presentation and also as a Morris Dance, as well as being sung all over the world.
It can be heard wherever there are shanty sessions at folk festivals and festivals of the sea.
There is an American version and a Polish version (sung of course in Polish).


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