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Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy

28 Jan 12 - 04:49 AM (#3297692)
Subject: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Ian Burdon

Several times in singarounds at Holmfirth festivals I have joined in on the chorus of a mock shanty called, I think, Sailing in the King's Navy. I felt an urge to sing it a couple of nights ago before realising that, apart from the chorus, I didn't know it - a substantial drawback.

Nor could I find a trace of it via an internet search.

Hence this thread - can anyone help with the lyric or a source please?

cheers

Ian


28 Jan 12 - 08:45 AM (#3297795)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Charley Noble

Ian-

Any more clues about the chorus? There are several candidates which mention "Sailing in the King's (Queen's) Navy."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


28 Jan 12 - 09:49 AM (#3297826)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Ian Burdon

The chorus is that line repeated twice. The verses are -as best I recall- of the double entendre/suggested rhyme type that never resolve into the expected vulgarity :-)


28 Jan 12 - 10:32 AM (#3297851)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Charley Noble

Not finding anything except references to the Gilbert & Sullivan "Ruler of the Queen's Navy" and a few children's songs.

Maybe someone else will have more luck.

Charley Noble


28 Jan 12 - 12:59 PM (#3297936)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: migginz

Contact Alford Morris Men. They will be the ones you heard singing it.


28 Jan 12 - 02:02 PM (#3297972)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Ian Burdon

Thanks, appreciated


28 Jan 12 - 07:36 PM (#3298171)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Joe Offer

Ian, please post the lyrics here if you get them.
Thanks.

-Joe-


29 Jan 12 - 06:27 AM (#3298352)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Ian Burdon

Joe - happy to but I got them directly from the writer and I tend to the view that it is for him to do that, or at least to consent.


29 Jan 12 - 11:50 AM (#3298487)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: GUEST,Patrick Purves (author/composer)

"In the year of 1872 we set off on the Brine-oh,
As our admiral had ordered us to do
For he was an alcoholic - sailor in the King's Navee, Sailor in the
King's Navee

At length we met a Spanish ship
We boarded her and sank 'er
But never a shot between us was fired
For our gunner was a - sailor in the King's Navee, Sailor in the King's
Navee

There was a hero in that fight
Whose name was Edward Trick
Who sent 100 Spaniards to their plight
By showing them he was - sailor in the King's Navee, Sailor in the
King's Navee

Another hero in that battle
Whose name was Andrew Blunt
Fairly made those Spaniards rattle
For he was a brutal - sailor in the King's Navee, Sailor in the King's
Navee

Our captain swore we'd brave the tide
Although we were dismasted
The prisoners he'd throw over the side
For he was a vindictive - sailor in the King's Navee, Sailor in the
King's Navee

But we sent the prisoners to the shore
In a captured Spanish lugger
Our captain would not not keep them for
They flatly refused to - join up with the King's Navee, join up with
the King's Navee

The Spaniards went to meet their king
Within the castle walls
He was displeased and sent them back
To be hung up by the- sailors in the King's Navee, Sailors in the
King's Navee"


29 Jan 12 - 04:06 PM (#3298622)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sailing in the King's Navy
From: Charley Noble

Thanks so much for composing and posting this one. What is the copyright date and composer credit for the record?

Love to have the tune as well!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble