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A shanty…

This has been stuck in my head for days… In case you are wondering, no it’s not really about a dead horse, it referrs to a custom observed onboard ship when a sailor has made back his months advance.  There are multiple version of the song, that shoudl be no surprise really.  I personally have the version from “Pirate’s Life” by the Shantyman stuck in my head, so here it is.
Dead Horse Shanty

A poor old man come riding by
And we say so, and we hope so
A poor old man came riding by
Oh, poor old horse.

Says I, “Old man, your horse will die.”
And we say so, and we hope so
Says I, “Old man, your horse will die.”
Oh, poor old horse.

Well if he dies we’ll tan his skin
And we say so, and we hope so
And if he lives we’ll ride him again.
Oh, poor old horse.

Well for one long month I rode him hard
And we say so, and we hope so
For one long month we all rode him hard.
Oh, poor old horse.

Well now your month is up, old Turk
And we say so, and we hope so
Get up, you swine, and look for work
Oh, poor old horse.

Get up you swine and look for graft
And we say so, and we hope so
While we lays on and drags ye aft
Oh, poor old horse.

He’s as dead as the nail in the lamp-room door
And we say so, and we hope so
And he won’t come a botherin’ us no more
Oh, poor old horse.

We’ll use the hair of his tail to mend our sails
And we say so, and we hope so
And the iron of his shoe to make deck nails
Oh, poor old horse.

Well we’ll haul him up to the fore yard-arm
And we say so, and we hope so
Where he won’t do us sailors any harm
Oh, poor old horse.

Well we’ll drop him down with a long, long roll
And we say so, and we hope so
Where the sharks will have his body and the
Devil take his soul
Oh, poor old horse.

Home

I’m home from St. Louis.   Thanks again to Bob, Jen, and Jenn for putting up with me on the ride back.  Thanks to Neisha, Chris and Juli too.  I had a pretty decent weekend overall.  It was a little to hot at times, but I dressed lightly and managed to survive the weekend without much trouble.

I didn’t take as many photos as I probably should have, but the ones I took are posted in my gallery.

Saturday

Sunday