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All Sorts

From Shipmates (2012)

Text: C. Fox Smith (1882-1954), 1920

Music © 2010, 2012 Bob Zentz & Jeanne McDougall

 

1.  "It takes all sorts to make a world and the same to make a crew, (Am-Dm-Am)

It takes the good an' middlin', an' the rotten bad 'uns, too (Am-C-

The same's there are on land," says Bill, "you meet 'em all at sea

The freaks an' fads an' crooks an' cads, an' ornery folks like me"


2.  “
It takes a man for every job, the skippers an' the mates

The chap as gives the orders, an' the chap as chips the plates

It takes the brass-bound 'prentices (an' ruddy plagues they be)

An' chaps as shirk an' chaps as work, just ornery chaps like me”

 

3.  “It takes the stiffs an' deadbeats, an' decent shellbacks, too

The chaps as always pulls their weight and them as never do

The sort the Lord as made 'em knows what bloomin' use they be

An' crazy folks and musical blokes an' ornery chaps like me." ("Ornery?  Ornery!")

 

4.  "It takes all sorts to make a world and the same to make a crew,

It takes more kinds of people than there's critters in the zoo

You meet 'em all ashore," says Bill, "an' find 'em all at sea

But do me proud if most of the crowd ain't ornery chaps like me!"

 

     Ornery, ornery, ornery, ornery

     Ornery chaps like me,

     Ornery, ornery, ornery, ornery

     Ornery chaps like me!

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