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American Ballads and Folk Songs_______^^
YE BALLADE OF IVAN PETROFSKY SKEVAR*
The sons of the prophet are valiant and bold,
And are wholly impervious to fear. But the bravest of all was a man by the name
Of Abdullah Boul Boul Ameer.
If you wanted a man to encourage the van,
Or to harass the foe from the rear, Or to storm a redoubt, you had only to shout
For Abdullah Boul Boul Ameer.
This son of the desert in battle aroused
Could spit twenty men on his spear, A terrible creature, sober or soused,
Was Abdullah Boul Boul Ameer.
There are brave men in plenty, and well known to fame,
In the army that's run by the Czar, But the bravest of all was a man by the name
Of Ivan Petrofsky Skevar.
•Text furnished by Paul B. Camp and John W. Loveland, Jr.
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