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Thread #2169   Message #1499491
Posted By: GUEST,Raymond Davies (raymonddavies1@comcast.net
03-Jun-05 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Admiral Benbow lyrics
When I was in the Alpha class at Chichester High School for Boys (West Sussex) in 1941, our music teacher was a Mr Bimrose. We called him 'Bimbo' and I remember these words sung to the tune downloaded.

And Benbow lost his legs, in the fight, in the fight.
And Benbow lost his legs in the fight.
Benbow lost his legs (and then, possibly) "and they brought them home in kegs
They brought them (or him) home in kegs", in the fight, in the fight.

Pursuant to the custom of bringing back remains in rum (as they did Admiral Lord Nelson and described on the tour of the Victory in Portsmouth (my birthplace) the reference to the kegs is possible.

When singing the song, we naturally substituted 'Bimbo' for "Benbow" which is why I remember it so well. Thank you for the site.