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A DOG'S LIFE (Bob Zentz / Cicely Fox Smith - 1931) Dogwatch - 2004 Oh, a sailor's life's a dog's life, an' that's the truth, says Bill A sailor's life's a dog's life, look at it 'ow you will You break your back with workin' for 'arf a coolie's pay An' a sailor's life's a dog's life, look at it 'ow you may There's mates to kick an' 'aze you, an' you darsen't 'it 'em back There's cold to freeze your innards an' there's 'eat as burns you black There's junk as tough as green 'eart 'an weevils in the bread An' fistin' frozen canvas till you're wishin' you were dead But you bet I'm goin' to quit it next time I jump ashore As soon as I strike ol' 'Frisco you won't see me no more I'll set a course sou'westward to an island as I know Where we laid once loadin' copra - might be twenty year ago I'll lay out on the beach there where the sun is good an' 'ot An' I won't need no more trousis when I've wore out them I've got With a gunny round my middle an' a soul to call my own I wouldn't charge my fortune for the King's upon his throne But when we'd finished loading and sailing day came round With the pilotboat alongside and the mud hook off the ground And the towboat cast the hawser off and left us with a cheer Why, there'd be Bill a-growling as he'd done for twenty year Oh a sailor's life's a dog's life, an' that's a fact my son 'Is pay's no more'n a coolie's, 'is work is never done But you bet I'm goin' to quit it fust chance as comes my way For a sailor's life's a dog's life, look at it 'ow you may

    


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