Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Waterfront]
I'll give ye a version. I strolled over to Park Row and got this tattoo on. J-O-A-N. Joan. I'm a sensible man, my old man was a commercial artist, I went to Cooper Union, I been married but I messed up with the wife, I'd never think of gettin my arms scarred up like this but when I busted up with the wife, I let everything go to the four winds, I went the way of all flesh, whenever I'm under the weather I get tattooed. I'd rather have a job ashore. The sea ain't no home. Look - my next trip out is Wednesday. I'll get my shaving gear and dungarees and sea boots, whatever I need, at Benny's. He always gives ye a break until the next trip. Regulations calls for a 24-hour sign-on, I'll sign them foreign articles. Coastwise you can sign any time. All right, we leave for Le Havre. First stop is Cobb, Ireland. No time ashore. Next stop is Southampton - no time ashore. Next is Le Havre. Well, we blow our tops. The Rue de Gallianne, Cognac, we drink with the gals. BEE GIRLS THEY CALL THEM IN FRISCO? ON THE WEST COAST, THEY GET A PERCENTAGE. Then we come back late or we're drunk or we miss a hatch, so we get logged for it. All right. We gotto Hamburg. If we take too much dough we get picked up, then we come back drunk and we get logged for it. After all, I been married, a married man gets used to it, if he don't get it he's lookin for it. Over there in Havre I'm a second Fred Astaire, I got them Frenchmen all snowed under. I like singing too, literature. In other words, I'm no horse. I turned out to be the beat in the family until my father died, then I was the black sheep, everything went to the seven seas, I'm just a sailor, one of the boys, I gotta do common shipwork, it's boresome. When the boss puts me on lettering work I'm happy. I whistle. But that don't happen often. Most of the time I'm just a tattooed son of a bitch, 8 to 12 lookout, relieve the wheel half an hour, paint, chip, wash, maintenance work - souji. Souji floogie, crap. The whole marine is in violation of all the laws. Underscore that.