[Singing] When the weather is fine, then you know it’s a sign For messing about on the river. If you take my advice, there’s nothing so nice As messing about on the river. There are long-boats and short boats and all kinds of craft, Cruisers and keel boats and some with no draught. So, take off your coat, and hop in a boat. Go messing about on the river. [Verse 2] There are boats made from kits that reach you in bits For messing about on the river; Or you might like to scull in a glass-fibre hull, Just messing about on the river. There are tillers and rudders and anchors and cleats And ropes that are sometimes referred to as sheets. With the wind in your face, there’s no finer place Than messing about on the river [Verse 3] There are skippers and mates and rowing-club eights Just messing about on the river. There are pontoons and trots, and all sorts of knots Just messing about on the river. With inboards and outboards and dinghies you sail. The first thing you learn is the right way to bail. In a one-seat canoe, you’re the skipper and crew Messing about on the river. [Instrumental piece] [Verse 4] There are backwater places all hidden from view, And quaint little islands just waiting for you, So I’ll leave you right now to cast off your bow Go messing about on the river.