The Life boat and Crew (original poem: John Murray - adapted Paul O’Brien)

 

The life boat’s crew, are loyal and true,

They do their duty well;

With courage brave they dare the wave,

Their muscles hard as steel.

 

Lang may the life boat men be spared

To face the angry sea:

And long may her ever loyal crew,

Resolve to do or die!

A storm is raging on the Forth,

The wild waves leap and roar,

Their white crest lashed to raging foam,

That beats upon the shore,

 

For the life boat’s crew, are loyal and true,

They do their duty well;

With courage brave they dare the wave,

Their muscles hard as steel.

 

A helpless vessel heaves in sight

She’s tried and pressed full sore,

Her decks awash from fore to aft,

She’s nearing a lee shore

Her crew are clinging to the shrouds,

Between hope and despair

Buckhaven men they launch their boat,

And handle her with care.

 

For the life boat’s crew, are loyal and true,

They do their duty well;

With courage brave they dare the wave,

Their muscles hard as steel.

 

Their hopes rise high and raise a cry:

“Behold the life boat comes!

Success attend her till the end,

In the good work they’ve begun.”

Their fight is o’er and safe on shore.

With precious human freight,

Then give three cheers for the men who steer

Their craft on such a night.

 

For the life boat’s crew, are loyal and true,

They do their duty well;

With courage brave they dare the wave,

Their muscles hard as steel.

 

For the life boat’s crew, are loyal and true,

They do their duty well;

With courage brave they dare the wave,

Their muscles hard as steel.