At the end of arduous train ride
From New Haven, Connecticut to Samson, New York
We recruits lined up for physicals –
Many shots in the arms included.
Then the one-minute hair cuts
When clippers harvested most of our hair
And we were reduced to “skinheads.”
After being issued our uniforms,
Then we were summoned to barracks
And started to become sailors after a rigorous 10 weeks of training.
The memory of all this is still vivid
And I’ve carried it around for years.