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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Heart of Oak

NINE DAYS TO THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

That's right, only nine days to go to Trafalgar 200. Nine days before we kick the snot out of the French. Nine days until that gloriously wonderful day arrives. 1805 was a wonderful year alright, every bit as wonderful as The Wonderful Year of 1759, when General Wolfe defeated the French at Quebec and Edward Hawke defeated the Brest Fleet in the English Channel. Another good reason why we call that channel English.

In any event, things were going so swimmingly for us British back in 1759, that David Garrick was inspired to write a song as a tribute to our brave fighting sailors who had hearts of oak like their ships. That's a lot of heart because that's a lot of oak, two to three thousand oaks it took to build His Majesty's Ship back then. The song was popular in Nelson's time and was sung by his sailors. It is still played today by the Commonwealth navies:

Come, cheer up my lads! 'tis to glory we steer, To add something more to this wonderful year; 'tis to honour we call you, as free men not slaves, for who are so free as the sons of the waves?

Heart of oak are our ships Jolly tars are our men We always are ready; Steady, boys, steady; We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again!

We'll ne'er see our foes but we wish 'em to stay, They never see us but they wish us away; If they run, we will follow, we will drive 'em ashore, For if they won't fight us, we cannot do more.

Heart of oak are our ships Jolly tars are our men We always are ready; Steady, boys, steady; We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again!

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