Messing About On the River (poem)

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When the weather is fine you know it's the time

For messin' about on the river

If you take my advice there's nothing so nice

As messin' about on the river

There's big boats and wee boats ands all kinds of craft

Puffers and keel boats and some with no raft

With the wind in your face there's no finer place

Than messin' about on the river

There are boats made from kits that'll reach you in bits

For messin' about on the river

And you might want to skull in a glass fibred hull

Go messin' about on the river

Anchors and tillers and rudders and cleets

Ropes that are sometimes referred to as sheets

With the wind in your face there's no finer place

Than messin' about on the river

Skippers and mates and rowing club eights

All messin' about on the river

Capstans and quays where you tie up with ease

All messin' about on the river

Outboards and inboards and dinghies you sail

The first thing you learn is the right way to bale

In a one man canoe you're both skipper and crew

Messin' about on the river

Moorings and docks, tailors and locks

All messin' about on the river

Whirlpools and weirs that you must not go near

Messin' about on the river

Backwater places all hidden from view

Mysterious wee islands just waiting for you

So I'll leave you right now, go cast off your bow

Go messing about on the river

MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER

(Tony Hatch / Les Reed) #swimsmooth

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