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Published on Jul 1, 2012
Happy Birthday Granny - Kris Kristofferson's biggest fan ;o) Rescue Mission -- Kristofferson et al
INTRO: Dm C Dm C . Dm F C The captain touched his swagger stick up to his golden eye . Dm C Dm And boogied thru the vestibule while bidding us goodbye . Am C The enemy surrounds us and our spirit's almost gone . Dm C Dm The devil take the cavalry that sold us for a song
BREAK: Dm C
"If I'd've been a carpenter," the swarthy sergeant said "I'd never seen this ugly thing that hangs above my head The hell with all your heroes and the wounds they hope to show I'm just a simple soldier, son, with one more year to go"
The albatross was tiring and the cook was in a stew The filthy little cabin boy was whizzing in my shoe The Captain's wife was aging, and the first mate heard her scream When Tommy slipped tabasco in the Captain's Vaseline
"Our time will soon be gone" he said, "it's all we've left to lose We've shot our ammunition and we're all but out of booze So here's to Irma Donegal, here's to Nellie Bligh And here's to my old friend," he said, and kissed his ass goodbye
"Give off, give off, you sorry lot, give off," the Captain cried "We've lost our bloody anchor and we're drifting with the tide The swollen surf is pounding like a thousand cannons' roar And I shake the hand of any man who guides us into shore"
"We're saved, we're saved," the soldiers said, "we're saved" the soldiers cried And soldiers climbed aboard while sailors left from either side Some swabbies hit the minefield and the rifles all got the rest And somewhere there's a schooner sinkin' slowly in the west