Manx Bard: A boat in the morning

Saturday 12th August 2017 3:59 am
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Steam PacketBen My Chree leaving Douglas harbour

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Popular local figure and Manksman through and through, John ’Dog’ Callister was recently raised to the chair of the Manx Bard. Each month he shares one of his poems with us, and explains what led him to write it.

This is my final poem for this column, as next week a new Manx Bard may be chosen.

So, I will give you the poem which I think gets the most reaction when I perform it. It strikes a chord with so many people.

As I have said many times, it is not against any of the many different nationalities now making our wonderful Island their home.

It is hitting out at anyone, including the Manks themselves, who complain about what we have here on this fantastic place to live.

There is always that ’boat’ (and it is definitely a boat, not a ferry) in the morning if you are not happy with things here.

I regularly break off from the poem when I am reciting it to give an insight into where the thought for the final line comes from!

This helps the audience to understand what it is about.

There’s a Boat in the Morning

If yer think the roads are too bumpy,

an’ the horse trams are really a pain.

You don’t like the cowl in the winter,

an’ we’re getting far too much rain.

In the summer you can’t go out shoppin.

Yer blocked in because of the bikes.

Remember there’s a boat in the morning,

if things are not how you like!

The place is full of them foreigners,

they’re coming in droves everyday.

An’ that many cars on the roads now,

for parking you now have to pay.

There’s queues wherever you’re going,’

like going to look at the show.

Remember there’s a boat in the morning,’

an’ you’ll not be missed if you go!

The beer in the pubs isn’t suitin’.

House prices are way out of sight.

The cost of the fuel, well it’s killing,

an’ there’s nothing to do every night.

To eat out around here copsts a fortune,

class acts coming over are rare.

Remember there’s a boat in the morning,

an’ I’ll even give you the fare.

They call the packet boat ’the ferry’.

’Cross the Mersey is where ferries go.

The ’Ben’and the Mannanan come to Douglas,

an’ regular they ply to and fro.

Well maybe not quite so regular.

I know you may think this is jest!

Remember there’s a boat in the morning’

so turn up and hope for the best

Remember there’s a boat in the morning’

They leave Douglas Pier every day.

Just turn up and queue for a ticket

and steam out across Douglas Bay.

The boats go to England and Ireland.

Just four hours or less and you’re there.

No need to complain or to worry,

the most you’ll need is your fare!

By John ’Dog’ Callister

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