Facts about the WAVES
Within a short time the WAVES built up its
own tradition. An important part of this tradition was the WAVES own songs.
This strengthened the feeling of belonging to a big familiar community.
They expressed their self-confidence and esteem to be part of the Navy
of the United States. The introduction in the song book of the WAVES "Marching
To Victory" states:
In the following a few examples of songs
from the WAVES' song book
||"Singing people are happy people. And so the
WAVES have a song for everything. When something good happens, when something
not pleasant comes along, when swinging up from drill on a glowing autumn
day, when struggling on the icy hills to class on a bitter Saturday morning,
when sitting waiting, just waiting, standing in a line, somewhere in the
ranks a song starts and grows and swells in volume until all are singing.
Some of the songs we have printed here - others
after their moment have died away. And so we dedicate this booklet to those
who will "carry on" with the hope that they will have a feeling of "togetherness"
with us and those who come after as they raise their voices in song."
"Marching To Victory"
Waves Of The Navy
WAVES of the Navy,
There's a ship sailing down the bay.
And she won't slip into port again
Until that Victory Day.
Carry on for that gallant ship
And for every hero brave
Who will find ashore, his man-sized chore
Was done by a Navy WAVE.
Words by Betty St. Clair
(Written to harmonize with "Anchors Aweigh")
Song Of The WAVES
North and south and east and west,
we're marching as one,
We are here to serve our country
Till the war is done.
Heads uplifted proudly
For the Navy Blue and Gold,
We cannot do the fighting,
but tradition we uphold.
As we swing along with our purpose strong
Bearing our ensign high,
To oppressors now our challenge
We have hurled,
We free our Navy's men
Who will free the world.
(Words by Jane Leeds)
A Guy To Tie My Tie
I Don't need a man to give me sympathy.
Why I needed it before is a mystery.
But there are things I can't do alone
No matter how I try.
High and dry,
I need a guy to tie my tie.
What with Navy passes and with service rates
I don't need a following of handsome dates.
But comes 0641, my darling,
Then for you I sigh,
It's no lie
I need a guy to tie my tie.
Had to choose, win or lose,
Can't be hesitant.
Gotta keep my eyes on the blue horizon
At the pleasure of the president.
but Darling, where you go
You know my heart goes too.
Some day this will end
And I'll be back with you
And every morning you#ll find
This little WAVE is standing by
I'll be the guy to tie your tie.
|Like all naval personnel, the WAVES had to
become acquainted with typical Navy Lingo. No other service spoke and still
speaks in such traditional code. For example, some archaic English words
remained common in naval jargon, such as "aye" (the common English word
for "Yes" until the 16th century).
Beneath all land-lubbers
will find some useful clarifications:
The primary rule of Navy code is never to call
a ship a "boat". A boat is carried on a ship, buster, and don't
you forget it.
It's not a rope, it's a line. Its not
a wall, it's a bulkhead. Even if you are not quarted on dry land,
it is still a bulkhead. You walk on a deck, not a floor,
and you clean the same with a swab, not a mop. Above is the overhead,
not the ceiling, and you walk down the passageway, not the hallway.
You open a hatch, not a door, and you
don't go up the stairs, you climb the ladder. Ahead of you is forward,
and to the rear is aft. Right is starboard, and left is port.
You don't go to the bathroom, you go to the
head. Sailors eat in a chow hall where spinach is sea weed
is read lead. Scuttlebutt is Navy rumor.
A Navy ship doesn't get torpeadoed by the
enemy, it "takes a fish.". If your're ailing, report to the sick
bay where Navy Nurses, hospital corpsmen and Navy medical officers
will take care of you. Should your ship sink or your plane go down, you're
the drink. If you don't survive, you deep-sixed it.
Navy code is not kind to other services. Soldiers
are dogfaces, Marines are bellhops, and Coast Gaurd are freshwaters.
... take care that everything is shipshape!
Parts of these helpful insights
in Navy Lingo were copied form an article by Blackie Sherrod printed in
the newsletter from the Dallas Morning News/Thursday, August 28, 1997.
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