Anonymous British


The Ballad Of Captain Kidd


My name was William Kidd,
When I sailed,
When I sailed,
My name was William Kidd,
When I sailed,
My name was William Kidd,
God's laws I did forbid,
And so wickedly I did,
When I sailed,
When I sailed.

My parents taught me well,
When I sailed,
When I sailed,
My parents taught me well,
When I sailed,
My parents taught me well,
To shun the gates of hell,
But against them I rebelled,
When I sailed,
When I sailed.

I'd a Bible in my hand,
When I sailed,
When I sailed,
I'd a Bible in my hand,
When I sailed,
I'd a Bible in my hand,
By my father's great command,
And I sunk it in the sand,
When I sailed,
When I sailed.

I thought I was undone,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
I thought I was undone,
When I sailed,
I thought I was undone,
And my wicked glass had run,
But health did soon return,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

My repentance lasted not,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
My repentance lasted not,
When I sailed,
My repentance lasted not,
My vows I soon forgot,
Damnation was my lot,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

I spied three ships from France,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
I spied three ships from France,
When I sailed,
I spied three ships from France,
To them I did advance,
And took them all by chance,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

I spied three ships from Spain,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
I spied three ships from Spain,
When I sailed,
I spied three ships from Spain,
I looted them for gain,
Till most of them were slain,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

I'd ninety bars of gold,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
I'd ninety bars of gold,
When I sailed,
I'd ninety bars of gold,
And dollars manifold,
With riches uncontrolled,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

Thus being o'ertaken at last,
As I sailed,
As I sailed,
Thus being o'ertaken at last,
When I sailed,
Thus being o'ertaken at last,
And into prison cast,
And sentence being passed,
As I sailed,
As I sailed.

Farewell, the raging main,
I must die,
I must die,
Farewell, the raging main,
When I sailed,
Farewell, the raging main,
To Turkey, France, and Spain,
I shall never see you again,
For I must die,
For I must die.

To the execution dock,
I must go,
I must go,
To the execution dock,
I must go,
To the execution dock,
While many thousands flock,
But I must bear the shock,
And must die,
And must die.

Come all ye young and old,
See me die,
And see me die,
Come all ye young and old,
When I sailed,
Come all ye young and old,
You're welcome to my gold,
For by it I've lost my soul,
And must die,
And must die.

Take a warning now by me,
I must die,
I must die,
Take a warning now by me,
For I must die,
Take a warning now by me,
And shun bad company,
Let you come to hell with me,
For I must die,
For I must die.

Submitted: Monday, June 23, 2014

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