*The Sailor's Alphabet*

Traditional

Oh, **A **is the anchor and that you all know,

**B** is the bowsprit that's over the bow,**C**
is the capstan with which we heave "round,

And **D **are the decks where our sailors are found.

Oh, **E** is the ensign our mizzen peak flew,**F**
is the fo'c'sle where we muster our crew,**G** are the
guns, sir, by which we all stand,

And **H** are the halyards
that oftimes are manned.

Oh, **I** is the iron of our stunsail boom sheet, **J**
is the jib that oft weathers the bleat,**K** is the keelson
away down below,

And **L** are the lanyards that give
us good hold.

**M **is our mainmast so stout and so strong,**N**
is the needle that never points wrong,

**O** are the oars of our jolly boat's crew,

And **P**
is the pennant of read, white, and blue.

**Q** is the quarterdeck where our captain oft stood,**R**
is the rigging that ever holds good,**S** are the stilliards
that weigh out our beef,

And **T** are the topsails we
ofttimes do reef.

Oh, **U** is the Union at which none dare laugh,**V**
are the vangs that steady the gaff,**W**'s the wheel
that we all take in time,

And **X** is the letter for
which we've no rhyme.

Oh, **Y **are the yards that we ofttimes do brace,**Z**is
the letter for which we've no place,

The bos'n pipes grog,
so we'll all go below,

My song it is finished, I'm glad that
it's so.