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Boney was a warrior Help Opus Details
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Boney is clearly English slang of its day, referring to Napoleon Bonaparte, arch-enemy no 1 of the English people at this time. Note how amusingly, the French word "francois" meaning "French" has been rendered phonetically as "Francewah" in the words to this folk song.

Boney was a warrior, Wey, hay, yah A warrior, a tarrier, John François Boney went to school in France. Wey, hay, yah He learnt to make the people dance John François Boney fought the Rooshians. The Austrians and Prooshians He beat the Prooshians squarely. He beat the British - nearly Boney went to Moscow, Lost his army in the snow Moscow was on fire then. So Boney he came home again, They sent him off to Elbow. He came back to make another show We beat him at Trafalgar Bay. Blew his main topmast away On the plains of Waterloo The Iron Duke he put him through Boney went a-cruis-eye-ing. Aboard the Billy Ruffian The sent him off to Saint Helenn He never never came back again The sent him into exile. He died on St Helena's isle Boney broke his heart and died On Corsica he wished he'd stayed Boney was a general, A rorty, snorty general, Boney was a warrior, Wey, hay, yah A warrior, a tarrier, John François
Category: Folk Song Solo Featuring Whistle Traditional Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   F Major Play MP3 using player below.

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