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Thread #84540   Message #2956783
Posted By: Lighter
02-Aug-10 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Boney Was a Warrior (chantey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boney Was a Warrior (chantey)
James Forman of Leith sang the following for James M. Carpenter around 1929. Forman, born in 1844, went to sea in 1856:

                Johnny was a warrior,
                        Away, ay, yah!
                Johnny was a warrior,
                        John François!

                He said he would conquer all the world…. [2x]
                        With John François!

                When he went to Moscow…. [2x]

                Moscow was afire…. [2x]

                When he come back again…. [2x]

                Johnny boy he nailed 'um…. [2x]

                Johnny went to Sant Hele-ena…. [2x]

                There his body and his bones lies low….   
                Now they've got 'em in France City….

Note the repeated lines and the absence of "Boney." Forman was in his mid 80s when he sang into the machine Nobody who's listened to Carpenter's recordings would say that Forman could ever have been a second-rate shantyman!