Billy Bones's Fancy

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Billy Bones's Fancy
Anonymous
a variation of Stevenson's Sailor Song which is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Dead Man's Chest from the novel Treasure Island.

Source: Buried Caesars, 1923, chapter "Y.E.A. And A Bottle Of Rum".


(to the tune of "Blow the Man Down")

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest;
  Yo-'ea'-ho, and a bottle o' rum!

They drank and they drank and they got so drunk,
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
Each from the dead man bit a chunk;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!

They sucked his blood and they crunched his bones;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
When suddenly up came Davy Jones;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!

And Davy Jones had a big black key;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
The key to his locker beneath the sea;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!

He winked and he blinked like an owl in a tree;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
And grinned with a horrible kind o' glee;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!

'My men,' says he, 'you must come wi' me-'
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
'Must come wi' me to the depths o' the sea;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!

So he claped them into his locker in the sea,
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!
And he locked them in with his big black key;
  Yo-'ea'(heave-ho), and a bottle o' rum!