An odd selection, perhaps,
For a fast-attack submarine mess deck,
But “Sailing” was the most oft requested music
By the chiefs and the crew (it was 1981)
And by the mess decks staff
During a long Indian Ocean deployment
(Of which, I am not ashamed to say, I was a part).
The Senior Chief advised me
To change my rating to Supply,
Complete my tour, and move on
To contracting. But at that point
Engineering was my love, the source
Of my new swagger, and changing
Was not in the picture I’d imagined.
We got prolonged on station –
Bad guys patrolling above us,
Bad guys beneath. Much to observe.
I missed the rendez-vous I planned
With a special sailor friend on the sub tender
In Diego Garcia – missed the tender altogether.
Got there later, in time for “Double Fantasy.”
Mess deck duty ended. The music remained.