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Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney) video
#1319: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2010
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Don't mind the rain or the rolling sea,
The weary night never worries me;
But the hardest time in a sailor's day,
Is to watch the sun as it dies away.
It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line.

The finest ship that sailed the sea,
Is still a prison for the likes of me;
But give me wings like Noah's dove,
I'd fly up harbour to the girl I love.
It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line.

There was a time my heart was free,
Like a floating spar on the open sea;
But now the spar is washed ashore,
It comes to rest at my real love's door.
It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line.

Every time I gaze behind the screws,
It makes me long for old Peter's shoes;
I'd walk right on down that silver lane,
And take my love in my arms again.
It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line.

Oh, Lord, if dreams were only real,
I'd have my hands on that wooden wheel;
With all my heart I'd turn her 'round,
And tell the boys that we're homeward bound.
It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line.

I'll pass the time like some machine,
Until the blue water turns to green;
Then I'll dance on down that walk ashore,
And sail the Grey Funnel Line no more.
And sail the Grey Funnel Line no more.

####.... Cyril Tawney, 1959 ....####
Recorded by Cyril Tawney [1930-2005] of Gosport, Hampshire, England (Sally Free And Easy - Navy Songs Written and Performed by Cyril Tawney, trk#4, 1990, Neptune Tapes, produced by Cyril Tawney and recorded at Lion Studios, Leeds, England).

Liner Notes: You get used to being away from home, but it takes a little time, a period during which nostalgia, love, or a bit of both can bring a great deal of misery, especially around sunset. The Grey Funnel Line is the bluejacket's nickname for the Royal Navy.

The video above features an excellent guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.



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