This song is the Accountancy Shanty from a short film by Terry Gilliam titled The Crimson Permanent Assurance released in 1983. It was shown in cinemas with the Monty Python Meaning of Life film.
Watch the film clip (in a separate window) and sing along to the lyrics below!
It’s fun to charter an accountant,
And sail the wide accountan-cy.
To find, explore the funds offshore,
And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
It can be manly in insurance.
We’ll up your premium semi-annually.
It’s all tax-deductible,
We’re fairly incorruptible.
We’re sailing on the wide accountan-cy.
The Monty Python comedy team often poked fun at accountants and the supposed boredom of the profession. Here is a sketch about a chartered accountant who wants to change career and become a lion tamer.
I found another version of the Accountancy Shanty!