Keeping the Boats Ahead

by Ray Bradfield

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There's nothing better on a drowsy day
Hot smelling tar as the butty sways
Taking the strain as she pulls away
Moving the boats ahead
He's a good old horse, a fine old horse
Sixteen hands and a mighty force
Keeps on going his own sweet course
Moving the boats ahead

Chorus :
It's a heavy plod and a steady tread
Working like the devil, keep the boats ahead
It's a heavy plod and a steady tread
Working like the devil, keep the boats ahead

When I were a nipper he'd let me ride
Above the water on the towpath side
Past 'Marigold' and 'London Pride'
Moving the boats ahead
I never knew how he got his name
Albert's always been the same
We've been friends for a long, long time
Moving the boats ahead

Final stretch, easy run
One last pull and then we're done
Take the slack, time's your own
Moving the boats ahead
Sun is going down ahead
Golden water, sky of red
Sweet smelling hay makes a feather bed
Moving the boats ahead
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