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    Black Gang
    THE BLACK GANG

    A song of heroes I'm going to sing,
    Of days now gone when coal was king.
    Of men, who if you met them ashore,
    You'd never let them through your door.

    Engineers would boast when in their pots
    Of how they'd achieved so many knots.
    But when, with logic, you boiled it down
    'Twas the Black Gang who deserved the crown.

    Most came from the slums of deepsea ports,
    With drinking and whoring their only sports.
    Men from the Mersey, men from the Clyde,
    Men from Cardiff and others besides.

    Firemen and Trimmers they were named,
    Worked in conditions to make you ashamed.
    In searing heat that wracked the lungs,
    Drenched in sweat with swollen tongues.

    Sliced, raked and pitched with all their might,
    Till grates were clean and fires were bright.
    Hard, grim men wose ideas of fun
    Would have struck terror into a Hun.

    No officers these, in uniform suits
    But singlets, pants and hobnail boots.
    Belt buckle turned towards the back,
    Between the teeth an old piece of sack.

    Though they were rough, they had their pride,
    Contempt for Juniors they wouldn't hide,
    But give them a man who was tough and fair
    They'd maybe respect him, tho' twas rare!

    They're history now, their days are no more,
    Only a part of an ancient lore.
    So we'll pause a moment to give them their due,
    They power'd the ships. They turned the screw.
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    Worked with a mate at Keystone who worked on the lakes as a coal passer on a historic vessel on the UP Michigan. He saw the light and it wasn't in the boiler.
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    Glad I missed those days I may have ended as a mate. Oh God I shudder at the prospect of that.
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    oh how the mind reels at all the possible replies to this one



    His unholy heart had strange desires
    it certainly did indeed!


    btw, the problem wasn't with his heart. Try about a foot and a half south. That's where the unholy desires were to be found and most hideously unholy they were!


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    can't just stop with one potato chip



    I've got a woman on my mind and she ain't good
    no Bill, she ain't
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    give it up for Bill Bendix



    GO BILL! Cop a cheap feel for all of us!


    ok...I'm done now, you can secure from emergency stations
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    Quote Originally Posted by c.captain View Post
    give it up for Bill Bendix



    GO BILL! Cop a cheap feel for all of us!


    ok...I'm done now, you can secure from emergency stations
    Cripes, what am I gonna put on the table when c.captain visits?
    Perhaps start the evening off with David Lynch's heart warming movie Eraserhead.jpg
    ~ the road goes on forever and the party never ends ~
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    Yum Yum, Captain, Yum Yum ~
    ~ the road goes on forever and the party never ends ~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweat-n-Grease View Post
    Cripes, what am I gonna put on the table when c.captain visits?
    Perhaps start the evening off with David Lynch's heart warming movie Eraserhead.jpg
    Well I prefer we start off with an unadulterated Maker's Mark on the rocks before any movie. Regarding what to put on the table for my visit, might I suggest you shield everything in 10mil visqueen? That way I am sure not to soil any of your fine decorator furnishings and you can simply dispose of the evidence after I leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraqrat View Post
    Glad I missed those days I may have ended as a mate. Oh God I shudder at the prospect of that.
    I rather have my sister work in a, oh, never mind.
    ~ the road goes on forever and the party never ends ~
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    Quote Originally Posted by c.captain View Post
    Well I prefer we start off with an unadulterated Maker's Mark on the rocks before any movie. Regarding what to put on the table for my visit, might I suggest you shield everything in 10mil visqueen? That way I am sure not to soil any of your fine decorator furnishings and you can simply dispose of the evidence after I leave.
    Good Lord, I'm confused, must be the whiskey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweat-n-Grease View Post
    Yum Yum, Captain, Yum Yum ~

    btw, forgot to ask, what's for chow tonight? I hope it's not bloody beans again!



    I mean beans are fine and all, but every goddamned night! Sheesh!
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