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British Navy Pusser's Rum (Larry Kaplan) video
#2754: YouTube video by Larry Kaplan
℗2019 ~ Used with permission ~

One part rum and two parts water,
That's the grog we get today;
Break your back, make fast your halyards,
Royal Navy Rum's your pay.
An eighth of rum the standard ration,
Tot's the lot you get for sure;
When night falls on the thirsty ocean,
We can use a whole lot more.

Ninety proof the Pusser tells us,
That's what I call lovely rum;
Captain says you'll get what's due you,
When your bloody work is done.
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Through the heat and scorching sun;
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
British Navy Pusser's Rum.

When a sailor tests his mettle,
When the mate says, "Lad, well done";
He gets two tots for all his troubles,
"Splice the main brace" -- there's your rum;
I'll take my "neat" without fresh water,
The barrel's dry, the water's gone;
This ain't no time to pray for rain,
I'd rather pray for Pusser's rum.

Ninety proof the Pusser tells us,
That's what I call lovely rum;
Captain says you'll get what's due you,
When your bloody work is done.
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Through the heat and scorching sun;
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
British Navy Pusser's Rum.

Bo's'n's off-watch, Captain's sleeping,
Let her luff and shut the hatch;
“Bob's-a-dying, Bob's a dying,"
That's what we call a drunken bash.
So, "take a long swig at the braces,"
Three good sippers makes a gulp;
'twas good enough to pickle Nelson,
I can't see, now help me up!

Ninety proof the Pusser tells us,
That's what I call lovely rum;
Captain says you'll get what's due you,
When your bloody work is done.
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Through the heat and scorching sun;
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
British Navy Pusser's Rum.

Cask's near empty? Pusser's lying,
You can't even call that rum;
First mate says, "You lazy beggars,
No grog for you, the work's not done."
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Thirty more to round Cape Horn;
Two more months to Valparaiso,
Three months more to Ecuador (Singapore).

Ninety proof the Pusser tells us,
That's what I call lovely rum;
Captain says you'll get what's due you,
When your bloody work is done.
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Through the heat and scorching sun;
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
British Navy Pusser's Rum.

Ninety proof the Pusser tells us,
That's what I call lovely rum;
Captain says you'll get what's due you,
When your bloody work is done.
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
Through the heat and scorching sun;
Twenty days to reach Tortola,
British Navy Pusser's Rum.

####.... Larry Kaplan, ©2019 by Hannah Lane Music, BMI ....####

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"Pusser's is a brand name of rum produced by Pussers Ltd, on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Pusser is Royal Navy slang for a purser, a ship's supply officer, now called a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy; thus the word became naval slang for "one hundred per cent Service", as in "pusser's issue", meaning anything that is supplied by the Royal Navy, such as a "pusser's grip", the name given to a canvas bag that sailors may use instead of a suitcase (it folds flat and is thus easy to stow on board ship). Pusser's Rum is sometimes known as Nelson's Blood, in honor of Horatio Nelson, one of the greatest Royal Navy commanders in history" - Wikipedia.

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