Ode to the WEST TEXAS

Ode to the WEST TEXAS


Submitted by Jon Arend

The old WEST TEXAS is a sight to behold
With her crew of men so dauntless and bold
Don't take it from me but I've often been told
There's a lot goes on in the number four hold.
She's known as a "reefer" throughout the Pacific
She's noted for speed, which is something terrific
Her lines and designs are really quite keen
I could say more but let's keep it clean.
She's well known in most every port
And why not at ten pounds a quart
And that's not the only racket we're startin'
Cigarettes sell for one pound a carton.
Life's never dull, we've all got our job
From the top ranking officer down to the gob
Bitchin' and gripin' 24 hours a day
If it isn't the food it's the over-time pay.
Someday we'll think of the fun that we had
And probably admit that she wasn't so bad
Though she was slow and made out of tin
She was a damn fine ship for the shape she was in.

Walter E. Boyce

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