The Ballad of Manly Dan
  JERRY BROWNING  

 ..FOLLOWING SEAS   

 

The Ballad of Manly Dan
 

twas the year ’86 in the oldest of seas
ol’ Yorktown set sail on an easterly breeze
the deck was a shinin’ the spirit was grand
i stood the first watch with my friend, Manly Dan
eye laddie, Manly Dan was a manly man

weeks, they grew long without women nor beer
when storms became violent, we held back our fear
by looking to the helm with wheel in his hand
braced the bulk of our hero, first mate Manly Dan
eye laddie, Manly Dan was a manly man

we captured a frigate off the coast of Nantucket
Dan grabbed a drag queen and mistakenly loved it
all that was left was a spot in the sand
that fake lost his life to pissed off Manly Dan
eye laddie, Manly Dan was a manly man

a year or so passed, Dan was taken quite sick
he turned a green color, sores formed on his dick
and when the AIDS took him, we blamed it on clams
protecting the honor of our mate, Manly Dan
eye laddie, Manly Dan was a manly man

“sure he was, mister…”

Gulf of Sidra ‘86



Artwork - "Red Sky at Night" by Tim Ezell

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Jerry Browning  - Poet, Songwriter
Iowa, United States

Jerry has been writing poetry and songs since 1977.  If you're a musician and would like to do a rendition of this or another song, feel free to do so and contact him at the link below

 Jerry.Browning@gmail.com

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