Looking Seaward

Line the Mersey Banks to watch tall ships
Parade up river or dock past Pier Head
Hear shanties straight from the folk singers’ lips

As they express their joy singing at midships
Having spent a spring touring ‘round the Med’
Line the Mersey Banks to watch tall ships

Sharp lookout now for the stars, the flagships
Now the anchors secured to their cathead
Hear shanties straight from the folk singers’ lips

Recalling past sailors tales and their hardships
A life of poor diet, scurvy, hard bread
Line the Mersey banks to watch tall ships

Spot the varying sizes of longships
And identify colours on the masthead
Hear shanties straight from the folk singers’ lips

Of ocean training, skills and apprenticeships
Trim sails, safe passage above the seabed
Line the Mersey banks to watch tall ships
Hear shanties straight from the folk singers’ lips.

By John Clays