It's just gone noon, half-past monsoon
On the banks of the river Nile
Here comes the boat only half-afloat
Oarsman grins a toothless smile
Only just one more to this desolate shore
Last boat along the river Nile
Doesn't seem to care, no more wind in his hair
As he reaches his last half mile
The oar snaps in his hand before he reaches dry land
But the sound doesn't deafen his smile
Just pokes at wet sand with an oar in his hand
Floats off down the river Nile
Floats off down the river Nile

(All aboard, night boat to Cairo!)

(Night boat to Cairo!)


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Night Boat to Cairo Lyrics as written by Christopher John Foreman Cathal Joseph Smyth

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    Half past monsoon? Oarsman grins a toothless smile? Inspired stuff.

    Boss Manon July 02, 2005   Link
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    This song is awesome! It just makes me wanna dance. One of the very best from Madness in my opinion. Musically, this song is genius. Love the light-hearted, witty lyrics. God, these guys were nutty.

    onestepbeyondon January 07, 2007   Link
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    This song is awesome! It just makes me wanna dance. One of the very best from Madness in my opinion. Musically, this song is genius. Love the light-hearted, witty lyrics. God, these guys were nutty.

    onestepbeyondon January 07, 2007   Link
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    One word ED - well two words actually

    Here comes the boat only half-afloat ...... Doesn't seem to care, no more wind in his hair As he reaches his last half mile .... The oar snaps in his hand before he reaches dry land ...... Just pokes at wet sand with an oar in his hand ......

    PS Madness was and still is coolest band ever!!

    craig11294on June 04, 2018   Link
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    Atmospheric!

    jimqukon April 13, 2019   Link

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