Blackbeard’s Song: Song & Lyrics

When I was a nipper

I boarded a clipper

Sailed the seas as a goods importer, oh!

 

Edward Teach is my name

But I earned my fame

As Blackbeard the pirate of the water, oh!

 

Was a jolly chap

With a jaunty cap

Always gave my crew good quarter, oh!

But I’m best known for

Blood and guts and gore

And a vicious reign of murdering and slaughter, oh!

 

Best known for

Blood and guts and gore

And a vicious reign of murdering and slaughter, oh!

 

Left my home in Bristol

With a sword and pistol

Bid a fond farewell

To old Blighty, oh!

 

What my enemies feared

Was my thick, black beard

Which I always enjoyed

Setting light to, oh!

 

Once I had a thing

For a captive’s lovely ring

That shone like a jewel in the nighty, oh!

When the man said no

I just said ‘Oh! ‘

And chopped off his hand and said ‘Rightio! ‘

 

Man said no

He said ‘Oh! ‘

Chopped off his hand and said ‘Rightio! ‘

Oh, I love to sail the ocean

With my flag that inspired emotion

With it’s smiling pile of skull and bones

Smashing hearts with a violent stabbing motion

 

And I love to escape detection

And to win my crew’s affection

Which was nothing to do with the twelve guns he wore

On his belt that were for protection

 

I was awfully nice

But I had the odd vice

Which occasionally caused a commotion

The thing that I’d do

Was shoot members of my crew

If they didn’t show enough devotion

 

The thing he’d do

Was shoot members of the crew

If they didn’t show enough devotion

 

Once when very irate

I shot my first mate, Israel Hans

For a bit of pleasure, oh!

And when my debt’s crew

Killed half of my crew

To increase my share of the treasure, oh!

 

Was doing well then

Seemed to run out of men

My captives boarded at their leisure, oh!

Smoked me dead

Then cut off my head

And displayed it on my mast for good measure, oh!

 

Smoked him dead

Chopped off his head

Displayed it on the mast for good measure, oh!

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