Sea Power and the Greatest of Traveling Wilburys

Singer, songwriter, global strategist

Singer, songwriter, global strategist

With apologies to Roy Orbison, the idea popped into my head and could not be stopped. If you are not familiar enough with Orbison’s work to call yourself a real American, please view the below video first.

Reveille, reveille, every one of you
We got a lotta, lotta, lotta, lotta work to do
Pick up your sextant and your ammo can
Today you’re working for Mahan

We’re on the briny main
Got a force to sustain
We’re gonna make the unrep on time
Don’t relax
Now get out of your racks
As we approach the tanker from behind

’Cause you’re workin’ for Mahan
Workin’ for Mahan
In a combatant command
When you’re workin’ for Mahan

Maritime presence here, toward any trouble we steer
I believe we’ve been at sea for half of the year
And so commerce flows, but as everyone knows
We’d love some credit but we never make the shows

’Cause you’re workin’ for Mahan
Workin’ for Mahan
And alcohol’s banned
When you’re workin’ for Mahan

Well, the enemy’s fleeing from my fleet in being
Every time they see my battle line
With their fear of defeat, they choose to compete
Indirectly and Sun Tzu says that’s fine
So I dream with glee about crossin’ their T
’Cause I’m just abidin’ my time
For if there’s word from shore that we’re in a war
The seas are gonna be all mine

Yeah, I’m workin’ for Mahan
Workin’ for Mahan
While the Army pounds sand
I’m here workin’ for Mahan

I’m workin’ for Mahan
Workin’ for Mahan
Only partially manned
But still workin’ for Mahan

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