SONS OF THE SEA
 
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Have you heard the talk of foreign powers,
Building ships increasingly?
Do you know they watch this Isle of ours,
Watch their chances unceasingly?
Have you heard the millions they will spend,
Strengthening their fleets, and why?
They imagine they can break or bend
The nation that has oft made them fly
But one thing we possess, they forget, they forget
The lads in blue they've met, often met, often met.

Chorus: Sons of the sea, all British born
Sailing every ocean, laughing foes to scorn
They may build their ships, my lads
And think they know the game
But they can't build boys of the bulldog breed
Who made old England's name.


Do you know they threaten to combine
Three to one's their bravery?
Do you know they'd like to sweep the brine
Bind us lads in slavery?
Have you heard they think that plates of steel
Plates of steel and guns will do?
But we know 'twas British hearts of oak
In every battle pulled us safely through
For one thing we possess, they forget, they forget
The lads in blue they've met, often met, often met.

Chorus:

If they'd know why Briton rules the waves
If they'd solve the mystery
If they'd know the deeds of Britain's braves
Let them read their history
Let them search the bottom of the seas
Where their battered hulks now lie
Let them build their puny ships of war
We build men prepared to do or die
There's one thing we possess, they forget, they forget
The lads in blue they've met, often met, often met.

Chorus:
 
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Written and composed by Felix McGlennon - 1897
Performed by Arthur Reece (1870-1964)
 
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