The Mighty Thames

by William Bates

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Come see the mighty Thames, come see it flow
All the way to the sea with nowhere else to go

Chorus :
Oh, the mighty Thames is calling, yes, the mighty Thames is calling
And we know we just have to go

Cruise into the boat club basin, theyíll tell which way to go
Straight down the Regents Canal with nowhere else to go

Chorus

Tell us when the tide is high, tell when we can go
Out of Limehouse Basin with nowhere else to go

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See the Thames barrier coming fast, tell us which way to go
Straight through the barrier gates with nowhere else to go

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We're floating above Woolwich Ferry and the tide has turned around
Thereís only one way we can go, and thatís back to London town

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Anchors that canít be lifted, enough rope to knit a sail
The mighty Thames is calling and we know we must not fail

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When we left Limehouse Basin they said "Take it nice and slow"
Now we have to get back thereís nowhere else to go

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Come see the mighty Thames, come see it flow
All the way to the sea with nowhere else to go

On the above video this song is sung by Brian Chignell, a friend of the author. Brian supplied me with William Bates' lyrics and put the tune to them. The video features the song alongside pictures of the 2011 trip made by Brian Chignell and Bill Bates on their narrowboats, Uncle Brian and Jemsabi, on the Thames. The trip was organized by St Pancras Cruising Club.