Category: Dits, Shanties and Verse

Text of naval songs, poems, and general dits

Jul 20

Shipmate Grosvenor Dove: Recollections of His Naval Life

Introduction After conducting some research for Grosvenor ‘Grove’ Dove’s Arctic Star presentation1, I came across an old website, and a blog that Grove had written a number of years ago. As an active member of Huntingdon & District Branch, it was an honour to be asked by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant to read a citation …

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May 24

Woolwich Shines

Just out for a walk after an early stack Not looking for trouble not watching my back Mothers with prams holding hands with their kids Not paying attention to the car as it skids Caught completely off guard not expecting what comes One man with a knife another with guns. No chance of defence no …

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May 22

A Veteran Died Today

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, and he sat around the Legion telling stories of the past. Of the war he had fought in and the deeds that he had done. In his exploits with his buddies they were heroes, everyone. And ‘tho sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales …

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May 22

I am a Veteran

You may not know me the first time we meet I’m just another you see on the street But I am the reason you walk and breathe free I am the reason for your liberty I am a Veteran I work in the local factory all day I own the restaurant just down the way …

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Feb 16

Navy News

Did you know you can view electronic copies of the Navy News? This is a long-term project, but there are ‘shedloads’ of back-issues available. Visit the Navy News official website http://www.navynews.co.uk/ and select the archives (top right of page). Or, if you have Facebook; go to the Navy News ‘Albums’ pages (https://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=168937285403), select a photo, …

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Oct 30

Major John McCrae: In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In …

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Sep 04

Boyce & Garrick: Heart of Oak

Come, cheer up, my lads, ’tis to glory we steer, to add something more to this wonderful year; to honour we call you, as freemen not slaves, for who are so free as the sons of the waves

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Sep 04

William Whiting: Eternal Father, Strong to Save (For Those in Peril on the Sea)

Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!

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Sep 02

Lord Tennyson: Crossing the Bar

SUNSET and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea,

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Jul 25

A Sailor Died Today

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the RNA, telling stories of the past Of wars that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. And though sometimes, to his neighbours, his …

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