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BLAME IT ON THE RIGGING
(With apologies to The Jackson 5)

Our coach is always faffing
And that can be a bad thing
Heís constantly adjusting
And thatís no lie
He whips out with great vigour
Pitch gauge and rigger jigger,
When our backís turned
He adjusts on the sly

Donít blame it on the fitness
Donít blame it on the steering
Donít blame it on the crosswinds
Blame it on the rigging
Donít blame it on the timing
Donít blame it on the technique
Donít blame it on the athletes
Blame it on the rigging

The catch is like a car crash
Iím drowning in the back-splash
The height must need a rehash
An inch or ten
Our coach is smiling sweetly
Heís changed our stroke completely
And now the handles
Finish at our chins

Donít blame it on the fitness
Donít blame it on the steering
Donít blame it on the crosswinds
Blame it on the rigging
Donít you blame it on the timing
Donít blame it on the technique
Donít blame it on the athletes
Blame it on the rigging, ooh

We just canít
We just canít
We just canít control our blades
We just canít
We just canít (yeah)
We just canít control our blades
We just canít
We just canít
We just canít control our blades
We just canít
We just canít
We just canít control our blades

Fitness
Donít blame it on the steering
Donít blame it on the crosswinds
Blame it on the rigging
Donít blame it on the fitness
Donít blame it on the steering
Donít - on crosswinds
Blame it on the rigging

Last week we caught him screwing
We asked what he was doing
He said he had to tighten
Up his nuts
He stood back from the rigger
The span now was much bigger
Heíd modified the gate now
It wonít shut

Donít blame it on the fitness
Donít blame it on the steering
Donít blame it on the crosswinds
Blame it on the rigging
Donít blame it on the timing
Donít blame it on the technique
Donít blame it on the athletes
Blame it on the rigging (aw)

Fitness (adequate)
Steering (average)
Crosswinds (northerly)
Rigging
You just got to..
Timing (cuckoo clock)
Technique (of a dog)
Athletes (why are you laughing)
Rigging

Don't you blame it (fitness)
Move your foot now (steering)
Canít you feel it (crosswinds)
Yeah... Oh (rigging)
Blame it on yourself (timing)
Must be your fault (technique)
Or is it that rigging (athletes)
All, all row long (rigging)

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