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Chicken on a Raft
Cyril Tawney Lyrics


Skipper's in the wardroom drinking gin, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
I don't mind knocking but I ain't going in, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
'Jimmy's' laughing like a drain, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Been looking at m' 'comic cuts' again. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

Chorus:
Chicken on a raft on a Monday morning, oh what a terrible sight to see,
'Dabtoes' for'd and the Dustmen aft, sitting there picking at a 'chicken on a raft'.
Hey -oh, chicken on a raft, Oy -oh, chicken on a raft.
Hey -oh, chicken on a raft, Oy -oh, chicken on a raft.

They gave me the Middle and the Forenoon too, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
And now I'm pulling in the whaler's crew, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Seagulls wheeling overhead, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
I ought to be 'flogging' in a feather bed. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

I had a little girl in 'Donny B', (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
And oh, she made a fool of me, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Her heart was like a Pusser's shower, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
From hot to cold in a quarter of an hour. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

An Amazon girl lives in Dumfries, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She only has kids in twos and threes, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Her sister lives in Maryhill, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She says she won't but I think she will. (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

We kissed goodbye on the midnight bus, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
She didn't cry, she didn't fuss, (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Am I the man that she loves best? (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)
Or am I just a cuckoo in another man's nest? (Hey -oh, chicken on a raft)

Writer(s): Cyril Tawney Copyright: Folk Directions Publishing Ltd.

Contributed by Dylan N. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Martin Gosling

This is a submariners shanty!!!! It was written by Cyril, who had been on submarines during his navy days. All references are to submarines, often using submariners slang terms. Chicken on a raft is what they call fried egg on fried bread. So, in truth, it is not a shanty at all, but a song that is constructed in a style somewhat like a shanty in terms of the call and response.

Martin Gosling

@John Rayner When submarines surfaced at sea, they were re-supplied from other (surface) vessels, sometimes using whalers to transfer items across. But I would also point out that "whaler" was a term used for all ships boats and even submarines carry some form of small boats aboard for various tasks. For more info and discussion please try www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=22581

John Rayner

"Now I'm pulling in a whaler's crew": that is a reference to a surface ship, submarines tend not to come equiped with row boats!

Ahmèd A. Burkeba

call and response which falls in the "antiphony" category.
sorry I'm a classical academic music student(nerd) and i just had to add this up haha.

Z P

is this a focs'le or a work shanty?

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