The way to build a boat (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-10-11)  CPDL #55585:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-11).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The way to build a boat
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Bartholomew Sparrow Montgomery

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1874 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 7, no. 236
Description: 236

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Original text and translations

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1  They talk of "Torpedoes!"
They talk of their "Rams!"
And they boast of their ironclads
But with anchor a-trip,
Just give me a ship,
Well manned by our bluejacket lads!
Then we never will yield The "Stormy Field,"
While we have a flag afloat!
For England still can teach the world,
"The way to build a boat!”

2  With their "Armour" so tough,
And their "Turrets," what stuff!
Let them pick any craft they may like,
Though we lose ev'ry gun,
We never will run,
Though it's not in our nature to "strike;"
Then we never will yield…

3  So, instead of their "plates,"
Let 'em give us, my mates,
Just a word for our bold battle-cry!
And that word is the "Queen!"
Now you know what I mean:
Her colours must flutter on high!
And we never will yield…