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    afternoon's guys ,another daft request but something that is quite special to me and brings back lots of happy memories ,i was fortunate enough to grow up in my great grandfathers house from birth untill his passing when i was 23 years we had lots of great times and he was always recollecting his part in the battle for gallipoli, subliminaly it was these stories that most likely planted the seed in my head to enjoy collecting militaria ,any way he always used to sing this song to me and my sister before bed usually ,now please forgive me as im trying to remember the lyrics it went like this ,"sarah fina ,sarah fina's quice ,sarah fina she makes my heart rejoice ,sarah fina ,i drink her in my beer " then he was say some turkish words of which im not sure to pronounce it would end with sarah fina's quice cateer i think , now i dont know if it was a common war song or just one he made up but i would love to find out more on the song if anybody could help at all ,james
    Last edited by James C; 07-06-2013 at 02:55 PM.

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    Doesn't ring any bells; but allow me one observation: "Sarah fina" sounds very odd; it seems far more likely to me that it is actually the first name "Sarafina" or one of its variants (like "Seraphina" or "Serafina"). Don't know if this helps.

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    thanks hpl yes you could be right on the name it makes more sense when you put it like that ,im not 100 pecent sure on the way ive interpreted it myself ,thanks for your valued thoughts all the same ,james

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    Hi Col,

    It sounds as if it's a version of the old sea shanty 'Serafina' about a 'lady of the night' from Callao in Peru. There are many different versions as the song is probably 300 years old originally and has changed over the years. Here's the lyrics for one of the tamer versions, followed by a more bawdy version that gives a clue to how it sounds when sung.

    "In Callao there lives a gal
    Whose name is Serafina
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She sleeps all day and 'works' all night
    On the old Cally Marina
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    2. "She's the queen, me boys, of all the gals
    That live in the ole' Casino,
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She used to 'kiss' for monkey nuts
    But now she 'works' for vino.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    3. "At robbin' silly sailors, boys,
    No gal was ever keener
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She'll make you pay right through the nose,
    That lovely Serafina!
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    4. "She'll guzzle pisco, beer and gin,
    On rum her mum did wean her
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She smokes just like a chimney stack
    On a P.S.N.C steamer.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    5. "Serafina's got no 'shoes',
    I been ashore an' seen 'er
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She's got no time to put them on,
    That hard-worked Serafina.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    6. "When I was young an' in me prime,
    I first met Serafina
    Serafina! Serafina!
    In Callao we saw the sights
    An' then went up to Lima.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    7. "But the finest sight I ever saw
    Was little Serafina,
    Serafina! Serafina!
    But the very next day as we sailed away,
    I wished I'd never been there.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    8. "For I wuz skint, me clothes wuz gone,
    An' so wuz Serafina.
    Serafina! Serafina!
    She'd done me brown, she'd sunk me down,
    That dirty she-hyena!
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    9. "I used to love a little girl
    Whose name was Serafina
    Serafina! Serafina!
    But she's gone off with a Dago man
    Who plays a concertina.
    Serafina! Oh, Serafina!"

    Not really for people of a 'sensitive' disposition, here ya go.....

    Ha, Ha, me hearties, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    many thanks ned for taking the time to reply ,i guess my great grandad gave us the kiddies version ,thanks again james

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    There was another ditty as well which dated back to the Boer War. My wifes grandfather used to sing it to her. It was more of a rhym really...

    The baby's name was Kitchener, Karina, Mafooey, Mafekky, Maswai,
    Jonty Plumer, Kalamaduma, Capetown, Mafeking, French,
    Union Jack fighting back, like Victoria Plumb.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    excellent stuff ,thanks for sharing harry ,you have just jogged my memory of another song he used to sing to me but please forgive me if i get some words wrong as it was a very long time ago , it goes a little something like this
    maybe there are more verses but i just cant remember also if i think my grandfather replaced people with another word that sounds like very much like "bar steward ,if anybody recognises this one ,it would be great ,thanks again james

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