Dirty Boaties by Sue Lee and John Meleady Chorus : They call us dirty boaties, they call us scum But they never gets to know us, so how come? Well our boats is clean and we works night and day Loading boats, keep going, never stopping is our way Now our dad Joe was a Number One Earned his living by the ton Carrying coal in his butty and boat He was lord of all while he was afloat And Ma she was both wife and mate Bearing kids, hard work, this was her fate Through all our troubles and our strife Never a harsh word in all her life Now life on a boat it could be rough So all of us kids was brought up tough Fourteen hour days for we was the crew Hated by the townies as we passed through But the toughest was me brother Jim No townie'd ever get the better of him Years of loading coal made him hard and strong But for me there was no other, he could do no wrong And when our working day is through We ties our boats up good and true What is it now we're longing for? A big plate of stew, don't ask for nothing more My thanks to Keepers Lock for permission to use the video. Recorded on :
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