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Thread #2169   Message #798121
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
07-Oct-02 - 02:59 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Admiral Benbow lyrics
Just as a point of interest, James 'Brasser' Copper who was born in 1845, used to sing 'Benbow' to his very young and impressionable grandson Bob (born 1915 and still going strong) as a lullaby! As Bob has recalled "that made me so scared, with images of the poor unfortunate admiral slipping around the deck on his bloody stumps - I was afraid to blow the candle out".

Interestingly and contrary to popular received wisdom regarding child rearing, this failed to prevent Bob from deveolping into a perfectly normal and well balanced adult. Save, that is from a morbid fear of double amputee naval officers so commonly seen around theses parts.