Those Swabbing Days are GoneWords by Charlie Ipcar © 1999
Inspired by Associated Press Article
Portland Press Herald 3/15/99
Tune by Vince Morash Fishing Time Again ©1997
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In days of old, sailors paid their dues,
Their ships were shipshape, when the day was through;
They swabbed the decks, till they shined like new,
Now, those swabbing days are gone.
They swabbed the decks, they polished brass,
They painted bulkheads fore and aft;
Now, civilian workers contract those tasks
Since those swabbing days are gone.
I remember well how our old chief said,
They say we'll all be better trained,
The times bring change from coast to coast,
And the U.S. Coast Guard's the first to boast,
All raise your glass, let's shout the toast,
"Those swabbing days are gone!"