Hey Hey Keelhaul Away


NaPoWriMo Day 3

I like tying knots
With splintery rope
Dropped knots tell the story
How fast the ship goes
But the naughtiest knot
That I tied on this day
Was the knot that we used
Keelhauling Captain away.

Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
We keelhauled the captain
One knot’s worth today.

Alpine butterfly bends
Make two ropes into one
Alpine butterfly loop
Apply stress at both ends
A cleat hitch attaches
A line to a cleat
But a keelhaul tied knot
It’s a hard one to beat.

Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
We keelhauled the captain
One knot’s worth today.

The barrelman, deckhand
And seaman are mates
Following bosun’s commands
Barked from the chief mate
The ship can be run
From non-officered crew
With the captain
There’s only one thing to do.

Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
Hey hey, keelhaul away
We keelhauled the captain
One knot’s worth today.

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