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Traditional
  1. Come all you seamen bold,and draw near,
    And draw near.
    Come all you seamen bold and draw near;
    Its of an Admiral's fame,
    Oh, brave Benbow was his name,
    How he fought all on the Main
    You shall hear, you shall hear.
  2. Brave Benbow he set sail for to fight,
    For to fight.
    Brave Benbow he set sail for to fight;
    Brave Benbow he set sail
    With a fine and pleasant gale,
    But his Captains they turned tail
    In a fright, in a fright.
  3. Says Kirby unto Wade, "We will run
    We will run."
    Says Kirby unto Wade, "We will run.
    For I value no disgrace,
    Nor the losing of my place;
    But the enemy I'll face,
    Nor his guns, nor his guns.
  4. The Ruby and Benbow fought the French
    Fought the French.
    The Ruby and Benbow fought the French;
    They fought them up and down
    Till the blood came trickling down,
    Till the blood came trickling down,
    Where they lay, where they lay.
  5. Brave Benbow lost his leg by chain-shot,
    By chain-shot.
    Brave Benbow lost his leg by chain-shot;
    Brave Benbow lost his leg,
    But all on his stump he'll beg,
    Fight on my English lads,
    'Tis our lot, 'tis our lot.
  6. The surgeon dressed his wounds, cries Benbow,
    Cries Benbow.
    The surgeon dressed his wounds, cries Benbow;
    "Let a cradle now in haste
    On the quarter-deck be placed,
    That the enemy I may face,
    Till I die, till I die."

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah