THERE'LL BE SOME DIRTY WEATHER AROUND THE NEEDLES
 
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In the Isle of Wight is a beacon light on the famous Needles Rock
And it warns the ships on their homeward trips
As they near Southampton dock
When the ocean roars on the Western shores of the tiny Isle of Wight
Ev'ry signal post around the coast bears a warning day and night
And it tells the state of the weather around the Needles
It gives a warning both night and morning
And sometimes you'll hear it said as the folks look overhead
'There'll be some dirty weather around the Needles.'

There's old Captain A, who is on half pay, oh, a sailor bold was he
In his palmy days he had known the ways of the rolling deep blue sea
Someone asks him, 'Cap, who is that young chap,
With the wife of Major Bland?'
Then he winks his eye - looks up at the sky,
And says, 'I don't understand,
Are you speaking now of the weather around the Needles?'
Tug at his trousers, then says, 'Well, now, sirs,
Goin' by the signs I sees, judgin' by the risin' breeze
There'll be some dirty weather around the Needles.'

There's a sweet retreat where the women meet, on an afternoon to sew
And of course they chat about this and that,
And tell ev'rything they know
Madam Snippletarge, who is fine and large,
Tells of something else she heard
She is in the know about 'so and so' and she tells them what occurred
You can guess the state of the weather around the Needles
They stop their sewing, while scandal's growing,
And according to report, when the case goes into court
There'll be some dirty weather around the Needles.
 
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Written and composed by C.F. Harris & James W. Tate - 1914
Performed by Clifford F. Harris (1875-1949)
 
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