“Waiting for the Day (The Worst Old Ship)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950s (recorded from Bob Roberts)
Keywords: sea ship work sailor worker
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

Singer describes life on "the worst old brig that ever did weigh." Built in "Roman time," it's held together with twine and undermanned. They spring a leak and bail their way to dock. Chorus: "Waiting for the day (x3) that we get our pay"

Long description

Singer describes life on "the worst old brig that ever did weigh." Built in "Roman time," it's held together with twine and seriously undermanned. They spring a leak off Orford Ness and bail their way along the coast and up the Humber to dock. Chorus: "Waiting for the day, waiting for the day/Waiting for the day that we get our pay"

Notes

Again, pity we don't have a keyword "bitching." - PJS

Recordings

References

  1. Roud #1855
  2. BI, RcWftD