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Lyrics:

 

The boys out in the trenches have got a lot to say
Of the hardships and the sorrows that come a soldier's way,
But we destroyer sailors would've liked their company
On a couple of trips in our lousy ships when we put out to sea.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

The d_mned tin can destroyer was never meant for sea,
You couldn't keep it steady in a lousy cup of tea,
We carry guns, torpedoes and ash cans in a bunch,
But the only time we hit our mark is when we shoot our lunch.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

We have heard of muddy dugouts and shell holes filled with slime,
Of cootie hunts and marches which fill a soldier's time,
But set beside destroyer life, it all seems dull and pale,
When the clinometer hops, the barometer drops, and we line up on the rail.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

And when we're back in dry dock, we stagger like we're drunk
And wonder how we stood it, and why she never sunk.
You lay out your civilian clothes, but just before you switch
Your sea bag's on your shoulder and you sign up for one more hitch.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

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Lyrics:

 

The boys out in the trenches have got a lot to say
Of the hardships and the sorrows that come a soldier's way,
But we destroyer sailors would've liked their company
On a couple of trips in our lousy ships when we put out to sea.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

The d_mned tin can destroyer was never meant for sea,
You couldn't keep it steady in a lousy cup of tea,
We carry guns, torpedoes and ash cans in a bunch,
But the only time we hit our mark is when we shoot our lunch.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

We have heard of muddy dugouts and shell holes filled with slime,
Of cootie hunts and marches which fill a soldier's time,
But set beside destroyer life, it all seems dull and pale,
When the clinometer hops, the barometer drops, and we line up on the rail.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

And when we're back in dry dock, we stagger like we're drunk
And wonder how we stood it, and why she never sunk.
You lay out your civilian clothes, but just before you switch
Your sea bag's on your shoulder and you sign up for one more hitch.

 

Chorus:

OH, IT'S ROLL AND TOSS AND POUND AND PITCH
AND CREAK AND GROAN YOU SON OF A B_TCH,
OH, BOY, IT'S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

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+1 for that!

Watching them pitching and rolling reminded me of a dreadful crossing of the Med to Egypt in a passenger ferry my motorcycle lashed near the bow. Hey I thought this was an inland sea--what's with the 20 foot waves?

 

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Awesome! :great:

 

My Nephew served on a Frigate a few years back and he'd agree wholeheartedly with this song.

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Been in the bow hold of a MTST Troopship the in North Atlantic in winter sailing in the  aftermath of four hurricanes. Stuck below decks as she wallowed and shuddered in very heavy seas for four days. The crossing ended up lasted two weeks. Had sea legs for a couple of weeks after.  Gave me a pretty good idea of what life in a tin can in a storm would be like. 

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