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Thread #2169   Message #438205
Posted By: GUEST,Lea in Virginia
11-Apr-01 - 01:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Admiral Benbow lyrics
Regarding the verse that refers to the mutiny, here's another way to start:

'Twas there Captain Kirkby proved a coward at last And with Wade played at bo-peep behind the main-mast

This variation names the other captain--Cooper Wade--who was executed after the engagement with Du Casse. Kirkby and Wade were court-marshalled in Jamaica, hauled back to England, and shot.