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    Many years ago on the Mississippi riverboats
    They had men called gaugers
    And the job of a gauger was to hang off
    the side of the boat with one hand
    And in the other hand he had a ball of twine
    with a hunk a lead on the end of it
    He’d wield the lead above his head
    And let it fly into the river
    Wherever the water marked the twine
    He’d call up to the skipper and say
    Marking on the twine is four fathoms

    ‘Cause then and there, year after year
    It was getting pretty monotonous
    Until in the 18 hundreds a little man
    Came along and revolutionized the
    Whole gauging industry
    Instead of saying marking on the twine
    He cut it short and said Mark twain

    And in between each marking he’d
    Fill it in with a little pattern about himself
    And his every day life
    Well if you’d been livin’ at that time
    Coming up from a distance on the Mississippi
    It would have sounded like this

    Mark Twain four fathoms off the starboard bow
    I got a gal named Cindy-Lou
    Feeds me gin and bake beans too
    Mark Twain, Mark Twain
    Three fathoms off the starboard bow
    I got a friend his name is Pete,
    sings dirty songs down on Beel street
    Mark Twain, Mark Twain
    two fathoms off the starboard bow
    I’ve been working the river since '92
    I get a penny a day and bad liquor too
    Mark Twain I won’t save my money
    Till the day I die
    They gonna bury me all but my good right eye
    Mark twain, Mark Twain
    No fathoms off the starboard bow
    Look out skipper pull it to the side
    You gonna bust your bow and split your hide
    Oh great God we done run it down
    Skipper gonna chase me with a big blood hound
    Mark Twain

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