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If you lived in Liverpool or anywhere around,
You would be familiar with this sound,
A daily traditional boom which lasted a century
Fired to give ships a time check that went to sea.

The ships set their chronometers by the gun
Even though radio time signals had begun,
Timekeeping is an important part of safe navigation
To help calculate the ship`s course for its destination.

The boom came from a 32 pounder cannon
But sadly this tradition has now gone,
The cannon stood in the Port of Liverpool
Fired from Birkenhead it was real cool.

It was used by the ships, women, children and men
Everyone knew when it was 1 o`clock back then,
My Grandad taught me a rhyme related to the gun
It was really silly, but it was just good fun.

It`s 1 o`clock the gun`s gone off
And I daren`t stay any longer,
For if I do my Mother will say
You`ve been playing with the boys down yonder.

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