Engineers song

scottie dog
8th March 2005, 10:11
Any one remember all the words to the Engineers song?
Starts with "An engineer told me before he died"
I remember some but not all.
AS the words are too blue to post on this site you could send me a personal Message.
Any other old ship shanties would also be welcome
Ta
Scottie dog

john g
8th March 2005, 19:01
Any one remember all the words to the Engineers song?
Starts with "An engineer told me before he died"
I remember some but not all.
AS the words are too blue to post on this site you could send me a personal Message.
Any other old ship shanties would also be welcome
Ta
Scottie dog

Are you serious Scottie Dog ?.......john g

stevecz
8th March 2005, 22:40
Yes they are quite blue so I'll send them PM.

Check out the BI site for some other songs that are more suitable for mixed company.

http://www.biship.com/song.htm

Steve

jinxie
4th April 2005, 03:01
Quite anumber of songs/ditties can be found on google/ask jeeves/hotbot.uk.
Just type title or wordsof first line into search box, usually brings up some strange results, hope this helps. (:D)

jinxie
5th April 2005, 22:02
Here it is in all its crude glory
http://www.srcthor.nl/songs/engineer.html
Not the full version by any means but it is there, Seek and ye shall find! (//))

stevecz
6th April 2005, 01:41
The real, complete, Engineers Song is not on any website as far as I can see, The complete song was sent to scottie dog by special request.

jinxie
6th April 2005, 05:06
oooh Dave all 52 verses

Here you are a direct link-enjoy
http://homepages.tcp.co.uk/~nicholson/eskimo.html#Eskimo%20Nell

orcades
30th October 2008, 02:50
Are you serious Scottie Dog ?.......john g

Try this one.....................

When the third engineers layed to rest. And his tools are all rusted and broke, Devide what you think are the best. He died in his own beliefs. That heavens reserved for the juniors . And HELL set apart for the chiefs(A)

AlexBooth
30th October 2008, 04:38
Here it is in all its crude glory
http://www.srcthor.nl/songs/engineer.html
Not the full version by any means but it is there, Seek and ye shall find! (//))

Holy songbooks. Jnxie, I just quantum leaped back 3 decades, throwing snowballs at the moon !

Tks muchly
Cheers
Alex

orcades
30th October 2008, 17:05
Hi Alex, you must have been standing on the flying bridgs at midnight, oops she spoke to bloody soon

Baz1uk
2nd November 2008, 20:50
I remember one song from cadet days in Blue Flue

We are,we,are,we are the Engineers, We can,we can,we can,we can,demolish forty beers,
There's Middies,Mates,and Masters,but they cannot drink like us,
And we dont give a damn for any Old Man who dont give a damn for us.

waldziu
8th November 2008, 13:19
Not so much a song but:-

This is for the stokers of old

Now each of us from time to time, has gazed upon the sea,
And watched the war ships pulling out, to keep his country free.
And most of us have read a book, or heard a lusty tale,
About the men who sail these ships, though lightning, wind and hail.

But there's a place within each ship, that legend fails to teach.
It's hot below the waterline, it takes a living sole....
A hot metal living hell, that sailors call the Hole.
I houses engines run by steam, that makes the shafts go round,
A place of fire and noise and heat, that beats your spirit down.

Where boilers like a hellish heart with blood of angry steam,
Are moulded gods without remorse, are nightmares in a dream.
Whose threat that from the fire roar, is like living doubt,
That any minute would with scorn, escape and crush you out.

Where turbines scream like tortured souls, alone and lost in hell,
As ordered from above somewhere, they answer every bell.
The men who keep the fires lit, and make the engines run,
Are strangers to the world of light, and rarely see the sun.

They have no time for man or God, no tolerance for fear,
Their aspect pays no living thing, the tribute of a tear.
For there's not much that men can do, that there men haven't done.
Beneath the decks, deep in the hole to make engines run.

For every hour of every day, they keep the watch in hell,
For if the fires ever fail, their ship's a useless shell.
When ships converge to have a war, upon the angry sea,
The men below just grimly smile at what their fate might be.

They're locked below like men fore-doomed. Who hear no battle cry,
It's well assured that if they're hit, the men below will die.
For every days a war down there, when the gauges all read red,
Twelve hundred pounds of superheated steam, can kill you mighty dead.

So if you ever write their sons, or try to tell their tale,'
The very words would make you hear, a fired furnace wail.
And people as a general rule, don't hear of men of steel,
So tittle's heard about the place, that sailor call the hole.

But I can sing about this place, and try to make you see,
The hardened life of men down there, cause one of them is me.
I've seen those sweat soaked heroes fight, in superheated air,
To keep their ship alive and right, though no one knows they're there.

And thus they'll fight for ages on till warships sail no more,
Amid the boilers might heat and the turbines hellish rear.
So when you see a ship pull out, to meet a war like foe,
Remember faintly if you can, "The men who sail below."

Burntisland Ship Yard
8th November 2008, 20:30
Hi all,
So where was the location of where this was sung that impeded on local law, for example, in the bar at 04.00, alongside Ras Tan with a full probition of alcolohol, second engineering looking like bat man, and the chied ploughing the 12 to 4 with beer!

Sister Eleff
8th November 2008, 20:40
Any other old ship shanties would also be welcome
Ta
Scottie dog

I suggest you contact Hugh Ferguson by PM as he has a great knowledge of shanties and many on CD.

fishcake
10th November 2008, 16:57
Another that i can't remember went to the tune of teddy bears picnic. Started with - " If you go down to the engine room your in for a big surprise ------The cheif was there --- the 2nd was too --between them both they hadn't a clue--??????

loylobby
10th November 2008, 18:43
Used to sing the, "An Engineer Told Me" {plus many others} on the bus from Plymouth S.O.M.S to Ernesettle Sports centre. Oh happy days