The Oda G (Stanley G. Triggs) 1. Come all you jolly tugboatmen And listen unto me While I tell you a story of hardships and glory Of a lusty old life on the deep briny sea. 2. There once was a stalwart old tugboat, Her name was the Oda G. And I'll let you know, boys, at pullin' a tow, boys, There was no huskier tugboat than she. 3. She came off the ways in 'eighty-nine, For storms she cared not a damn It was boasted around, 'twas the talk of the town That she knew that old coastline as well as a man. 4. Now her mate was an expert at running the logs He ne'er seemed to come to no harm But he ran out of luck when he fell in the chuck With a rusty old boom-chain wrapped round his left arm. 5. Her engineer was a lazy young tramp All day he did nothin' but read On the fantail he sat on his young lazy prat Till a big roarin' wave swept him into the sea[weed]. 6. And her deckhand was paintin' the bulwarks so fine, Paintin' so carefully, But he met his fate when, to admire his paintin', He took a step back and fell into the sea. 7. Now her skipper, he was very fine man At seafarin' he was a pip But without a crew he didn't know what to do So he grabbed up a lifebelt and abandoned the ship. 8. But the old Oda G. she kept tuggin' along She towed those logs down to Long Bay And old Penney [the owner] hurrayed for the money he saved And he sent her back north on the very next day. Copyright Stanley G. Triggs, and on his record, "Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest" (Folkways). JB
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