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Picard singing

A doppelgänger of Captain Picard, singing drinking songs with his men

"Heart of Oak" was a Human song originating from the 18th century on Earth. The song spoke of a sailing ship crew who are looking forward to an exciting adventure at sea.

The first verse of "Heart of Oak" is as follows:

Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something new to this wonderful year;
To honor we call you, as freemen not slaves,
For who are so free as the sons of the waves?

The chorus of the song is as follows:

Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men,
we always are ready; Steady, boys, steady!
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again!

In the 2320s, "Heart of Oak" was a popular song at Starfleet Academy and was often sung after toasts. In 2366, an alien copy of Jean-Luc Picard sung "Heart of Oak" in Ten Forward of the USS Enterprise as part of a bizarre experiment to observe the various aspects of leadership among humanoid cultures. (TNG: "Allegiance")

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