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Tel: 01707 320304 - Grid Map Ref. 249133
The RNA Club is the home of the Royal Naval Association's W.G.C. Branch.
The Branch Meets at the RNA Club on the First Wednesday of the Month
Branch Chairman: Mike Lawrence
Once Navy Always Navy
Heart of Oak
The official march of the Royal Navy
The music to Heart of Oak was by Dr. William Boyce (1711-1779).
The English words were written by the famous actor
David Garrick (1716-1779) in 1759.
To add something more to this wonderful year;
To honour we call you, not press you like slaves,
For who are so free as the sons of the waves?
Heart of oak are our ships, heart of oak are our men;
We always are ready, steady, boys, steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again.
We ne'er see our foes but we wish them to stay,
They never see us but they wish us away;
If they run, why we follow, and run them ashore,
For if they won't fight us, we cannot do more.
They swear they'll invade us, these terrible foes,
They frighten our women, our children, and beaus;
But should their flat bottoms in darkness get o'er,
Still Britons they'll find to receive them on shore.
We'll still make them fear, and we'll still make them flee,
And drub 'em on shore, as we've drubb'd 'em at sea;
Then cheer up, my lads! with one heart let us sing:
Our soldiers, our sailors, our statesmen and Queen.