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Thread #84540   Message #1560831
Posted By: Gurney
11-Sep-05 - 12:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Boney Was a Warrior (chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boney Was a Warrior
Bony was a warrior.
A warrior, a terrier,
John Francois.

Bony beat the Prooshians
Then he fought the Rooshians.

Bony went to Moscow
Lost his army in the snow.

Bony he came back again
Moscow was a-blazing then.

Bony went to Elbow
They couldn't keep him there you know.

Bony went to Waterloo
There he met his overthrow.

'Twas on the plains of Waterloo
He met the lad to pull him through.

Bony's gone a-cruising then
Aboard the BillyRuffian.

Bony went to Saint Helen'
and he never came back again.

Bony broke his heart and died
Bony broke his heart and died.

Bony was a warrior
A warrior, a terrier.

Been singing that for 30 years, but I can't remember where I got it. Probably selected verses from SftSS by Stan Hugill.

There aren't any definitive versions of shanties, of course. Anything is legitimate as long as you sing it to some version of the tune.