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Thread #8278   Message #1276433
Posted By: GUEST,Tuckernuck Jim
20-Sep-04 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Little Boy Billie / Little Billee
Subject: RE: Lyric please: Little Boy Billie
I have the CD, and it's great.

The second to last stanza has always puzzled me -- it does indeed sound like he is singing "Admiral Nelson, K.C.B.", though it's a bit muddled. I've done some digging, and couldn't come up with any meaning for the "K.C.B." bit anywhere.

I think that what he's really saying is "Admiral Nelson, K.B.E.", which does make sense. "K.B.E." is abbreviation of "Knight (Commander) of the British Empire", a prestiguous award given by the King or Queen of Great Britain for meritorious service, which would certainly apply to Nelson.

Tuckernuck Jim