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Akbar Songs
Introduction - 0
View from above upon arrival - 1
First Akbar door - 2
Gear - 3
Meeting the Division - 4
First Communion at Akbar - 5
Shepherd - 6
Lights out - 7
Vultures - 8
Get h’on Parade! - 9
Bandy - 10
Wakey–wakey! - 11
Smartening rig - 12
Economy Star - 13
Poetry Club - 14
The Writer - 15
The Skipper - 16
Boating - 17
Seamanship - 18
The Skipper's Kippers - 19
Moot Court - 20
Dirty Mary - 21
Cross–country - 22
Sailorboy - 23
Church Parade - 24
Fellini fragment on Jildy - 25
Deckscrap - 26
Cinderella Days - 27
Long Tom for 'Dead Men' - 28
Waiting for Podmore - 29
Akbar - 30
The Path - 31
Wakey–wakey!
'Wakey–wakey, roise and shoine!
Yer bladder's full of stale uroine;
Rubber bands off yer dickery–docks
An' on wiv yer almond rocks,
The currant bun’s burning
yer bleedin' mincers aht!!'

Up at crack of dawn, all hands doubling up
Bugles blaring commands, whistles shrilling
Down to Ablutions for the dawning rinse!
Cold shock of waking, and the dentifrice
Pink powder packed in flat tin can so good
For stripping away tastes of the night seas.
Then double up the Division and dress
For Wake–up Parade, Orders of the Day.
Then breakfast burgoo banged out on a plate
A cob of bread— some grease— a dab of jam
And tea that you could stand a spoon up in
Spread on a spotless white–scrubbed table–top.
You add salt to your porridge, taste the tang
Of our mighty Mother Ocean rolling.