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Old 4th December 2014, 18:41
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BI song I Love a Lassie

Can anyone help a sometime BP man with English meanings for the words in the last two lines? ( I am okay with " pani " , sailed with Karachi crews )

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Old 4th December 2014, 21:57
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Hindi for water
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Old 5th December 2014, 00:03
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Sarf kuro - clean
Tora - a little
Tunda - cold
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Old 5th December 2014, 12:21
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tora,tunda,pani from the well?
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Old 5th December 2014, 13:45
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Can anyone help a sometime BP man with English meanings for the words in the last two lines? ( I am okay with " pani " , sailed with Karachi crews )

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I seem to remember a couple of lines of that re-arranged song. It mentioned rubbing saffron on a certain body part of a person from Madras. Never witnessed it of course.

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Old 5th December 2014, 15:13
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Thanks gents I am intending to use it in my spot of a round the table speech at a Mountain Rescue gathering on Saturday night

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Thanks gents I am intending to use it in my spot of a round the table speech at a Mountain Rescue gathering on Saturday night

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Never knew it as a BI song we had our own version in Bank line,
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Old 5th December 2014, 15:49
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I knew a Clan Line man who greatly enjoyed singing it.
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Old 5th December 2014, 16:35
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Sounds like Romany slang for rain or crying.
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Quote the lines in question and we'll see what we can do.
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Old 6th December 2014, 08:07
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... and it was always present at the sessions in the 3rd or 4th Engineers' cabins on Ellerman's ships in the 60's.
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Old 6th December 2014, 13:00
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"I love a lassie a little black Madrasi"......all I can remember......sorry! (also Ellermans)
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Did it a while back in a Bank Line thread, probably every India trader had this in the bar repertoire. Here goes, do NOT sue for libel or Pol InCor.

I love a lassie
A lassie from Madrassi
She's as black as the very knobs of Hell.
Oh, she cleans her teeth with charcoal
And she sugi's out her arseole
With the tunda pani pulled up from the well.

Now if you meet this lassie
This great big black Madrassi,
You can tell her from me that all is well.
Ever since I left Calcutta,
Me knob has dripped like butter.
Allaikum Salaam, and fare thee well.


Tunda pani ~ cold water


I think that is the clean version.
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You know your audience best of course. So, if that is the 'clean' version I hope the audience is of the most tolerant kind!!
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Dear Nina,

Am confident that your every hope will be fulfilled!

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You know your audience best of course. So, if that is the 'clean' version I hope the audience is of the most tolerant kind!!


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Nina, I have always , since I joined this great site, believed in the inbuilt tolerance of Seafarers, from whatever race, creed or colour.
I still do.
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I seem to remember this song was also popular on Brocklebank ships, especially after a few beers.
Happy days,
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