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Bounty Was a Packet Ship Bounty was a packet ship Pump ship, packet ship Sailing on a cruisin' trip In the South Pacific Billy Blight, that silly man... Was the master in command... He was growling day and night Whether he was wrong or right On the Bounty were the rules Not for soft and silly fools An' the answer to complaints Handcuffs an' the iron chains Spittin' on the quarterdeck Punishment - a broken neck There were troubles every day Many sailors ran away An' at last that Billy Blight With his crew began to fight Brawlin', kicking everywhere Iron pins flew thro' the air Mates and sailors in the night Overpowered Billy Blight They put Billy Blight afloat With his madness in a boat Bounty then went out of sight Left alone was Billy Blight Billy Blight he reached the coast But the Bounty she was lost Many gales have crossed the sea Since the Bounty went away Never was there heard a word From the crew that stayed on board. English pumping shanty printed in Hugill, Songs of the Sea Collected from Captain Jenkins Mutiny in 1789, survivors found on Pitcairn Island in 1809 Therefore, song from between 1789 and 1809 [Jenkins] SOF apr96
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