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Thread #104496   Message #2979026
Posted By: Gurney
03-Sep-10 - 01:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (Cyril Tawney)
Subject: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall
Nobby Hall.                            Cyril Tawney

Nobby Hall, the young O.D.
Cleaned his suit in C.T.C.
Hung it in the mess to dry
His oppo lay asleep nearby,
And all night long, the fumes arose
And drifted by his oppo's nose.

When the shaker's voice was heard
One there was who never stirred!
The funeral was a grand affair.
The R.N.B.T. rep. was there!
Poor Nobby wept for days on end
To think he'd poisoned his best friend.

So, sailors all, be warned by me
If you clean your suit in C.T.C.
Always take the utmost care
To hang it in the open air.
-Or even better, if you can,
Hang it by a wardroom fan.

O.D.: Ordinary seaman, the lowest rank.   
C.T.C.: Carbon Tetrachloride, which extinguishes fires (and cleans clothes.)
Oppo: Opposite number, friend.
Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.
Wardroom fan: One which ventilates officers quarters.

Inspired by a lecture given in training, which may have been from a factual accident.

From the LP 'Between Decks.'