H.M.S. Rose off Ferryland, August 1995. Printed from shanty.rendance.org Site contents © 1993-2009 Andrew Draskóy excepting product images and lyrics.
Alabama - from Colcord

When the Alabama's keel was laid
Roll Alabama, roll
They laid her keel at Birkenhead
Oh, roll Alabama, roll

Oh, she was built in Birkenhead
Built in the yard of Jonathan Laird

Away down the Mersey she rolled one day
And across the "Western" she ploughed her way

With British guns, oh, she was stocked
She sailed from Fayal, in Cherbourg she docked

To fight the north Semmes did employ
Any method to kill and destroy

But off Cherbourg the Kearsage lay tight
Awaiting was Winslow to start a good fight

Outside the three mile limit they fought
An Semmes escaped on a fine British yacht

The Kearsage won - Alabama so brave
Sank to the bottom of a watery grave