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Haul on the Anchor Chain

Haul on the Anchor Chain
(John W. Sparrow)

cho: Haul on the anchor chain
     And pull on the oar
        And we'll raise a glass together
     If we reach the other shore

The turn around to Bainbridge
 Is an hour forty flat
You can listen to even Steven
 Or the lovely singin' Kat*

The Captain comes from Kansas
 He's a mighty sailing man
For a guy whose lost his glasses
He does the very best he can

From the pier at Point Defiance
 On the blue Commencement Bay
The breezes waft across the water
 To wish you gaily on your way

The first mate is quite jolly
 From the funnels right on down
He know every little cubby hole
 where a bottle can be found

The galley is so spacious
 Its a delight to the eye
And the food is so delicious
 As we all can testify

By the mighty diesel engines
 the engineer is vigilant
If the Cabin Boy remembers
 To go down and wake him up

The pilot is kept busy
  Ironing shirts and mending socks
But I'll be darned if he can keep her
 Off the shoals or the rocks

So remember weary travelers
 If you're looking for some fun
The finest to be had's on the ferries
 in the State of Washington

*Steve Guthe plays hammer dulcimer
*Kat Eggleston  formerly of the Ferryboat Musicians
copyright John W. Sparrow
note:Commencement Bay is noted for its industrial odors combined
with tideflat's characteristic smell.  All verses are from actual
events, often from accident investigations.

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