Stevenson's Sailor Song

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Stevenson's Sailor Song
by Anonymous
"Stevenson's Sailor Song" first appeared in Chicago's Time-Herald sometime in the early 20th century. The Time-Herald author claims to have heard it sung by "old-time sailors" on the Chicago riverfront. When asked where they learned it one sailor replied "We never learned in nowhere, we allers knowed it." It is recognized today as a hoax article, a form of fakelore adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Dead Man's Chest from Treasure Island. Other variations of Stevenson's song include Derelict and Billy Bones's Fancy.

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

Fifteen men on the dead man's chest--
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest--
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

For they drank and drank and got so drunk,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Each from the dead man bit a chunk,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

The bottle burst and the men accurst,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Sucked his blood to quench their thirst,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

They sucked his blood and crunched his bones,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
When suddenly up came Davy Jones!
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

'My men', says he, 'you must come with me',
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
And he grinned with a horrible kind of glee,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Davy Jones had a big black key,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
It was for his locker beneath the sea,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

He winked and he blinked like an owl in a tree,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
And he sank them all to the bottom of the sea,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Now, all take warning from this 'ere song,
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Never drink whisky so divilish strong.
  ...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!