Messing About On The River: Josh MacRae

 

When the weather is fine you know it’s the time
For messin’ about on the river
If you take my advice there’s nothing so nice
As messin’ about on the river
There’s big boats and wee boats ands all kinds of craft
Puffers and keel boats and some with no raft
With the wind in your face there’s no finer place
Than messin’ about on the river

There are boats made from kits that’ll reach you in bits
For messin’ about on the river
And you might want to skull in a glass fibred hull
Go messin’ about on the river
Anchors and tillers and rudders and cleets
Ropes that are sometimes referred to as sheets
With the wind in your face there’s no finer place
Than messin’ about on the river

Skippers and mates and rowing club eights
All messin’ about on the river
Capstans and quays where you tie up with ease
All messin’ about on the river
Outboards and inboards and dinghies you sail
The first thing you learn is the right way to bale
In a one man canoe you’re both skipper and crew
Messin’ about on the river

Moorings and docks, tailors and locks
All messin’ about on the river
Whirlpools and weirs that you must not go near
Messin’ about on the river
Backwater places all hidden from view
Mysterious wee islands just waiting for you
So I’ll leave you right now, go cast off your bow
Go messing about on the river.

Josh MacRae

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER (1962)

Moorings_for_small_boats,_River_Frome,_Wareham_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1443839

 

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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