Destroyer Life

The lyrics of an old pre-WWII sailor’s song.

Destroyer Life

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 BITCH,

OH, BOY, IT’S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

 

The damned 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 BITCH,

OH, BOY, IT’S A HELL OF A LIFE ON OUR DESTROYER.

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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 BITCH,

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

 

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One thought on “Destroyer Life

  1. Glenn Stang says:

    I beleive this was recorded several years ago by Oscar Brand on an LP named “Every Inch A Sailor”. Had a cd copy of it once too.

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