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Thread #84540   Message #1562496
Posted By: Joe Offer
13-Sep-05 - 02:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Boney Was a Warrior (chantey)
Subject: ADD Version: Boney (from Hugill)
Here's the version from Hugill.

BONEY

Boney was a war-ri-or,
(Chorus: Way-aye-yah!)
A war-ri-or, a ter-ri-or,
(Chorus: Johnny Franswor!)

Boney beat the Prussians,
The Osstrians an' the Rooshians.

Boney went to school in France,
He learnt to make the Rushians dance.

Oh, Boney marched to Moscow,
Across the Alps through ice an' snow [Lost his army in the snow].

Boney wuz a Frenchyman,
But Boney had to turn agen.

So he retreated back agen,
Moscow wuz in ruins then.

Boney went to Elbow
There he got his overt'row
[or: Boney went to Elba,
Wisht he'd niver bin there.]

He beat the Prussians squarely,
He whacked the English nearly.

We licked him in Trafalgar's Bay,
Carried his main topm'st away.

'Twas on the Plains of Waterloo,
He met the boy who put him through.
[The big-nosed Duke he put him through.]

He met the Duke of Wellington,
That day his downfall had begun.

Boney went a-cruisin',
Aboard the Billy Ruffian.

Boney went to Saint Helen',
An' he never came back agen.

They sent him into exile,
He died on Saint Helena's Isle.

Boney broke his heart an' died,
In Corsica he wisht he styed.

He wuz a rorty general,
A rorty, snorty general.

from Hugill, Shanties from the Seven Seas

tune available on request.