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THE RUDDER AND THE ROCK (William Oliver / Ray Glaser / Fred Warren / Kenneth McGehen) David Whitfield - 1956 One night a sailor at full look out Heard a lonely seagull cry He caught a sudden smell of brimstone And a strange ship floated by A dead man’s hand was on the tiller As it sailed beneath the moon He heard the ghostly captain holler Your time is coming soon Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock If you don’t watch the compass brother You’ll never make the dock You’ll end your days right on the bottom Under Davy Jones’s lock Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock The crew sang out a devil’s shanty As they hauled their mainsail tight Their dungarees were rags and tatters And their bones were gleaming white The bosun held an empty spyglass Where the captain’s eye should be For they were doomed to sail the ocean For all eternity Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock If you don’t watch the compass brother You’ll never make the dock You’ll end your days right on the bottom Under Davy Jones’s lock Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock A crash of thunder shook the heavens As the sailor shook with fear The lightning flickered round the ghost ship As he watched it disappear He knew it was the Flying Dutchman Come to warn him to take heed He vowed when he got back to harbour A better life he’d lead Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock If you don’t watch the compass brother You’ll never make the dock You’ll end your days right on the bottom Under Davy Jones’s lock Who does not answer to the rudder Shall answer to the rock Shall answer to the rock (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - January 2005 from the album “The Very Best Of David Whitfield”)

    




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