Oh Run, Let the Bullgine Run (Halliards Shanty) Oh we'll run all night till the morning Cho: Oh run, let the bullgine run, Way-yah, oh-i-oh, run, let the bullgine run. Oh we sailed all day to Mobile Bay Oh we sailed all night across the Bight (Australia) Oh we'll run from Dover to Callais Oh drive her captain drive her Oh captain make her nose blood She's a dandy packet and a flier too With a dandy skipper and a dandy crew Oh we'll run all night till the morning Phew! pass the rum mates I'm outa breath Derisive and somewhat primitive slang onboard ships for an engine. Possibly picked up from Negro American slang and used by sailors. The steam version was run from a "Donkey" boiler, and the term carried over to steamships who had Donkeymen as a rating for the engine room staff. Donkey Greasers and Greasers, Stokers became Oilers or Mechanical assistants when the INFERNAL (internal) combustion engine was invented. DAM apr00
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