“Boney”

Alternate titles: “John Francois”; “Jean Francois de Nantes”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909
Keywords: shanty Napoleon exile battle
Found in: US(MA)

Description

Napoleon's story in the space of a shanty: "Boney was a warrior, Way up! A warrior and a tarrier, John Francois!" He fights the Russians, comes to Waterloo, is defeated, goes to Saint Helena, and dies

Historical references

References

  1. Doerflinger, pp. 6-7, "Boney" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Bone, p. 42, "Boney" (1 partial text, 1 tune)
  3. Shay-SeaSongs, p. 29, "Boney" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Colcord, pp. 40-41, "Boney" (1 text, 1 tune plus 1 fragment of "Jean Francois")
  5. Harlow, pp. 27-28, "John Francois (Boney Was a Warrior)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Hugill, pp. 445-446, 448 "Boney," "Hilonday" (2 English and 1 French text, 2 tune) [AbrEd, pp. 333-335]
  7. Sharp-EFC, XLIX, p. 54, "Bonny Was a Warrior" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Darling-NAS, p. 310, "Boney" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 88, "Boney Was A Warrior" (1 text)
  10. DT, BONEYNAP*
  11. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919)." Boney was a Warrior" is in Part 4, 8/4/1917.
  12. Roud #485
  13. BI, Doe006