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Thread #60602   Message #970841
Posted By: Tiger
23-Jun-03 - 07:10 AM
Thread Name: Songs about underwater life
Subject: Lyr Add: THE RHYME OF THE CHIVALROUS SHARK
THE RHYME OF THE CHIVALROUS SHARK
Written by Wallace Irwin


The most chivalrous fish of the ocean, to ladies forbearing and mild,
Though his record be dark, is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child.

He dines upon seamen and skippers, and tourists his hunger assuage,
And a fresh cabin boy will inspire him with joy,
If he's past the maturity age.

A doctor, a lawyer, a preacher, he'll gobble one any fine day,
But the ladies, God bless 'em, he'll only address 'em
Politely and go on his way.

I can readily cite you an instance, where a lovely young lady of Breem,
Who was tender and sweet and delicious to eat,
Fell into the bay with a scream.

She struggled and flounced in the water, and signaled in vain for her bark,
And she'd surely been drowned, if she hadn't been found
By a chivalrous man-eating shark.

He bowed in a manner most polished, thus soothing her impulses wild:
"Don't be frightened," he said, "I've been properly bred,
And will eat neither woman nor child."

Then he proffered his fin and she took it such a gallantry none can dispute
While the passengers cheered, as the vessel they neared,
And a broadside was fired in salute.

And they stood alongside the vessel, when a life-saving dinghy was lowered,
With the pick of the crew and her relatives, too,
And the mate and the skipper aboard.

So they took her aboard in a jiffy, and the shark stood at attention the while,
Then he raised on his flipper and ate up the skipper,
And went on his way with a smile.

And this shows that the prince of the ocean, to ladies forbearing and mild,
Though his record be dark, is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child.