The Bold Navigators (The Navvies) On Monday morning we make it a rule For every man to choose his own tool For he that come first may choose of the best And he who comes last may take all the rest. For that's the rule of the bold navigator For we are jovial banksmen all. On Tuesday morning when we go to work, We strip off our jackets and tighten our shirts We strip off our jackets and let them go free We drive our poles by one, two or three. It's when we come to the bottom-most run We fill up our barrows right unto our chin We fill our barrow and pile it up high If you don't wheel it another will try. It's when that we come to the main plank wheel We lower our hands and hold fast on our heels For if the plank does bend or does bow Our ganger on the top cries "lookout below!" And when we are struck by hail, frost or snow, We'll blow up our mess and off we will go We'll call to our timekeeper without any damp To let us have our time before we go tramp. When that it does begin for to rain We'll take up our barrows and all gang in For it's into a whiskey shop that we will go We don't give a damn whether we work or no. Well tell our gaffer without any damp We'll not pay his tommy before we go on tramp, We'll tell our landlady before we do go That it's not our rule to pay what we owe Words from a broadside (Manchester library). Tune "structured from traditional elements" by Jon Raven. From 'Victoria's Inferno' by Jon Raven. "tommy shop" = company store Recorded on :
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