Index of Lyrics
Heavy Cruiser

as led by Neil Downey on Fathom This © 2007
Barry Finn and Neil Downey

Words and Tune by Neil Downey © 1999

Oh, when I was young and in my prime,
I wanted to sail on a ship of the line,
I wanted to sail on a ship of the line,
So I signed on a heavy cruiser.

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

When I was just a lad like you,
I proudly wore the navy blue;
I proudly wore the navy blue,
When I served on a heavy cruiser.

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

Though we were only seventeen,
We were a four-o war machine;
We were the four-o war machine,
And the crew of a navy cruiser!

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

For many years we sailed the seas,
Preserving peace and liberty,
A mighty force for all to see,
The U.S. Navy cruiser

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

And now I'm old and turning grey;
Long ago I stowed my blues away,
But I still stand tall and I proudly say,
That I served on a heavy cruiser!

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

So gunners spin your turrets round;
Let me hear that battle sound;
We'll meet the enemy and we'll take him down
With the guns of a heavy cruiser!

Neil composed this for the Cruiser USS Salem, in anticipation of a weekend in Boston Harbor during a Tall Ships parade.