Mudcat Café message #4071582 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168402   Message #4071582
Posted By: Stewie
11-Sep-20 - 10:26 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Barry Skipsey is a singer/songwriter and professional photographer from Alice Springs. He has written many fine songs. This one is a session favourite in the Northern Territory.

OCEAN LINER
(Barry Skipsey)

When I was fishing back in the west
Rollin’ on the foamin’ sea
I dream of them pretty girls back on the shore
And I wish they was here with me

Chorus
Step on board the ocean liner
Step on board without delay, me lads
Step on board there’s nothin’ finer
And together we’ll sail away

Well, I made up me mind to take to the wave
On hearing of a good return
So the very next mornin’, I found myself prawnn’
Me stomach it began to churn

Chorus

I was workin’ twenty four hours a day
Me eyes hangin’ out of me head
Twenty four hours barely makin’ a wage
I wish I was back in me bed

Chorus

Seven cents a kilo for kings, they said
Eight cents a kilo endeavours
At ten cents a kilo for tiger prawns
For that they want the best out of you

Chorus

I’m a long way from mother out here on the waves
A long way from family
And a bloody long way from being a tap dancer
That my mother so wanted me to be

Chorus

The skipper is a big man, he stands so high
His head pokes up through the riggin’
And a crew of old dragons and they’re so high
I think they’ve left the land of the living

Chorus

So I’m eatin’ and thinkin’, and sortin’ prawns
Till they flamin’ well come out of me ears
And the cook gives me the shits in more ways than one
So I think I’m on my very last run

Chorus

Here is a rendition at Top Half Folk Festival in Alice Springs - ragged but right.

Youtube clip

It's hard to believe that prawns (or shrimps as they are called in the US) were ever that cheap. These days, you almost have to take out a bank loan to purchase a box.

--Stewie.