The verses I know consist of only four which Andy Nicol claims to have written and we certainly did sing at the Hunters, however, Alan Jeffreys (Goon) now claims that 'The Wild Caver' as shown here, was a version "quite definitely" written by him (and first 'broadcast' on the Cuil Dubh programme by the BBC in 1969). He says "Of course, there were versions all over the UK since it was always crying out to be satirised as a caving song".
I expect Goon is right but why he didn't correct the original publication which we produced together is a mystery.
The tune and lyrics are based on the well known Irish song "The Wild Rover" which the Dubliners group made famous in the 1960's.
I've been a hard caver for many's the year,
And I've spend all my money on caving and beer,
And now I'm returning with bruises galore,
Sure I never will play the hard caver no more.
And its no nay never,
No nay never no more,
Will I play the hard caver,
No never no more.
We decided one morning to bottom Car Pot,
And at once half the members were off like a shot,
We took a poor novice through babtistry crawls,
If the bastard gets out kick him right in the balls.
I took from my pocket two gelegnite sticks,
Saying Babtistry crawl I will fix in two ticks,
I let off the charge with a fucking great bang,
And I found myself back on the surface again.
I'll go down to Mendip and Swildons at last,
And I'll end all my caving in one mighty blast,
I'll do the Blue Pencil and swim through to five,
And I hope that I'll come out of Swildons alive.