Works in the Herald 1931

Through the usual coincidence many ships, including the Australian Naval Squadron, have reached Melbourne just prior to Cup Week.

Up the hook, the bosun said;
   (Ho, me hearties, ho!)
Thereís heavy weather on ahead
   (Tumble up, below!)
Thereís dirty weather coming down,
Our course is set for Melbourne town
   And a queer thing that should be!
So show a leg and tumble up, and pick your fancy for the Cup
   With the good ship running free.

Funny thing, the boatman said, (Ho, me hearties, ho!) But when November looms ahead (Tumble up, below!) To Melbourne Port the orders say, And nothingís left but to obey, For the likes of you and me. And whatís a sailor to do, when duty calls, but see it through, With the good ship running free?
If I should win, the boatman said; (Ho, me hearties, ho!) Iíll buy myself a feather bed (Tumble up, below!) And never put to sea again. Yet luck ainít kind to sailor men, But Iíll get my fun, said he. But every man shall have his lass, and make his bet and drink a glass, To a good horse running free, said he, And thatís the life for me!

Herald, 3 November 1931, p6

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