Raj Arumugam


Song of the boy in the sailor suit


I’ve got my new sailor suit
my sailor suit
and I’ll get on a ship
the biggest one on the oceans -
and I’ll sail away, sail away

Far to oceans on
the other side
I’ll sail in my ship
And my crew
they’ll steer us all
to distant lands
and lovely shores

We’ll see strange lands
and we’ll learn new games;
we’ll make new friends
and we’ll exchange gifts -
and we’ll sail away, sail away
with as many more ships
as want to follow

And then I ‘ll return
back home
and I’ll be on the prow
standing tall in my new sailor suit
And all those ashore will cry out aloud:
“Here comes our sailor
Here comes sailor Oskar
Clean and bright
in his sailor suit
as new as the day it was made”

I’ve got my new sailor suit
my sailor suit
and I’ll get on a ship
the biggest one on the oceans -
and I’ll sail away, sail away

Submitted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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written to accompany the painting “Boy in sailor suit” by Heinrich Lauenstein,1892; and photo of boy in “Sailor suit on a first day of school, April 1923” (private collection; image from Wikipedia)

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