D GWhen holidaying in Britain the climate demands D A G DAppropriate clothing, 'specially on the canals GSo when going boating, one thing is clear D A G DIf you want to stay dry you'll need wet weather gearD GWet weather gear, wet weather gear D A G DIf you want to stay dry you’ll need wet weather gearIf you steer your boat in tee-shirt and shortsThat’s adventurous attire for this mode of transportTake on board some advice and to it adhereDon't leave your mooring without wet weather gearAvoid cool Ray-Ban shades and hot Jimmy ChoosDon't let Gok Wan plan your waterway cruiseHaute couture. C’est un faux pas when low pressure’s hereSo discard fashion clothing, don wet weather gearA colourful umbrella’s an attractive sun shadeBut in stormy conditions it won’t make the gradeWind assisted inversion’s inevitable I fearThrow away broken brollies, get wet weather gearNow shower-proof won't do, despite resistance to rainYou'll find water running down a trouser leg drainSo boatman, wet fisherman and (C&RT) canal volunteerSplash out on best quality wet weather gearWater seeps into shoes fast as leaks drain the locksSo some boaters wear plastic bags over socksBut spotted and pink or black and austereWellies are vital as wet weather gearI believe global warming's a load of old toshIt's rained cats and dogs and the towpath's awashThere’ve been floods, no heat-waves, in the news all this yearThanks Noah for inventing wet weather gearJacket and trousers, wellies and hatIn fluorescent green or navy slash blackFor their waterproof qualities we must all raise a cheerSo it's hip, hip, hoo-rain for wet weather gear
Wet Weather Gear
The steady flow of canal songs seems to have dried up and in 2012 I was only able to compose one. The inspiration will be obvious to those who remember that awful 'summer'.