White Squall Enter the Haggis
Well it's [C]just my luck to have the watch, with [Am]nothing [G]left to [F]do
But to [C]watch the deadly [F]waters glide as we [Am]roll north to the '[G]Soo',
[C]Wonder when they'll turn again and [Am]pitch us [Em]to the [F]rail
Whir[C]l off one more youn[G]gster in the gale[F].
The [C]kid was so damned eager. It was [Am]all so [G]big and [F]new.
[C]Never had to [F]tell him twice, or [Am]find him work to [G]do.
And [C]evenings on the mess deck he was [Am]always [Em]first to [F]sing,
Show us [C]pictures of the [G]girl he'd wed in [C]spring.
But I [G]told that kid a hundred times "Don't [F]take the Lakes for [C]granted.
They [F]go from calm to a [C]hundred knots so [Am]fast they seem en[G]chanted."
But to[C]night a red-eyed [Dsus2]Wiarton girl lies [Em]staring at the [F]wall,
And her [Am]lover's gone in[G]to a white [F]squall.
It's a [C]thing that us oldtimers know. In a [Am]sultry [G]summer [F]calm
There [C]comes a blow from [F]nowhere, and it [Am]goes off like a [G]bomb.
And a [C]fifteen thousand tonner can be [Am]thrown up[Em]on her [F]beam
While the [C]gale takes all be[G]fore it with a [F]scream.
The [C]kid was on the hatches, lying [Am]staring [G]at the [F]sky.
From [C]where I stood I [F]swear I could see [Am]tears fall from his [G]eyes.
So I [C]hadn't the heart to tell him that he [Am]should be [Em]on a [F]line,
[C]Even on a [G]night so warm and [C]fine.
And I could [C]feel her keeling over with the [Am]fury [G]of the [F]blow.
And I [C]watched the rail go [F]under then, so [Am]terrible and [G]slow.
Then, like [C]some great dog she shook herself and [Am]roared up[Em]right ag[F]ain.
Far [C]overside, I [G]heard him call my [C]name.
(end final chorus with C instead of F)