lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2012
mp3 and pdf sheet music
Put out that cigar! What a fool thing to do!
That's a hell of a note your first day on the crew...
Am G F
Every man Jack and girl Jennifer learns
Am F C Am
Airship! No smoking! 'Cause hydrogen burns!
Hydrogen burns; that's the cause for the codes
Am F Am G
And in proper proportion with air, it explodes.
You won't get two warnings; let this one sink in,
Am G Am
Be thankful you leave with your guts in your skin!
Your uniform's not what you'd wear on the ground
You'll notice the buckles in leather are bound;
The buttons are wooden. It's not for a lark,
But all to make certain you don't strike a spark.
I know what you're thinking—each town has a few:
The rules that bind others don't matter for you.
Now I'm sympathetic. No really, I am,
But your mates and the hydrogen don't give a damn.
Some fly and some smoke, though it's bad for the heart,
But those who do both damn well keep them apart.
Crew members might—and I'll see that they do--
Take carelessness personal, coming from you.