Nathan Evans – The Last Shanty

Capo 2 with

VERSE
Well, me father often told me when I was just a lad
A sailor’s life is very hard, the food is always bad
But, now I’ve joined the Navy, I’m aboard a man-o-war
And now I’ve found a sailor ain’t a sailor anymore

CHORUS
Don’t haul on the rope, don’t climb up the mast
If you see a sailing ship it might be your last
Just get your civvies ready for another run-ashore
A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore

VERSE
Well, the killick of our mess, he says we had it soft,
It wasn’t like that in his day when we were up aloft.
We like our bunks and sleeping bags but what’s a hammock for?
Swinging from the deckhead, or lying on the floor?

CHORUS
Don’t haul on the rope, don’t climb up the mast
If you see a sailing ship it might be your last
Just get your civvies ready for another run-ashore
A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore

VERSE
They gave us an engine that first went up and down,
Then with more technology the engine went around.
We know our steam and diesels but what’s a mainyard for?
A stoker ain’t a stoker with a shovel anymore.

CHORUS
Don’t haul on the rope, don’t climb up the mast
If you see a sailing ship it might be your last
Just get your civvies ready for another run-ashore
A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore

VERSE
Two cans of beer a day and that’s your bleeding lot
And now we’ve got an extra one because they stopped The Tot
So we’ll put on our civvy-clothes find a pub ashore
A sailor’s just a sailor just like he was before

CHORUS
Don’t haul on the rope, don’t climb up the mast
If you see a sailing ship it might be your last
Just get your civvies ready for another run-ashore
A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore

OUTRO
Don’t haul on the rope, don’t climb up the mast
If you see a sailing ship it might be your last
Just get your civvies ready for another run-ashore
A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore