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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest*
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle o£ rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! We wrapped 'em all in a mainsail tight With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight, And we heaved 'em over and out of sight, With a yo-heave-ho and a fare-ye-well, And a sullen plunge in a sullen swell, Ten fathoms along on the road to helló Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
This song was shouted out at mess by the officers and crew aboard U. S. Destroyer Murray, on foreign service, 1917 to 1919.
♦Reprinted by permission of the copyright owners from Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, by John J. "Jack" Niles, Douglas S. "Doug" Moore, and A. A. "Wally" Wallgren, published and copyrighted 1929 by The Macaulay Company.

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