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Captain Kidd (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)
See also: Captain Kidd (Great Big Sea)

Oh, my name was Robert Kidd as I sailed, as I sailed,
Oh, my name was Robert Kidd as I sailed;
My name was Robert Kidd and God's laws I did forbid,
And so wickedly I did as I sailed, as I sailed,
And so wickedly I did as I sailed.

Oh, I murdered William Moore as I sailed, as I sailed,
I murdered William Moore as I sailed;
I murdered William Moore and I laid him in his gore
Not many leagues from shore as I sailed, as I sailed,
Not many leagues from shore as I sailed.

I was sick and nigh to death as I sailed, as I sailed,
I was sick and nigh to death as I sailed;
I was sick and nigh to death and I vowed at every breath
For to walk in wisdom's path as I sailed, as I sailed,
For to walk in wisdom's path as I sailed.

My repentance lessened not as I sailed, as I sailed,
My repentance lessened not as I sailed;
My repentance lessened not, my vows I soon forgot,
And damnation was my just lot as I sailed, as I sailed,
And damnation was my just lot as I sailed.

I spied three ships from Spain as I sailed, as I sailed,
Oh, I spied three ships from Spain as I sailed;
I spied three ships from Spain and I fired on them a-main,
And the most of them I slain as I sailed, as I sailed,
And the most of them I slain as I sailed.

I spied three ships from France as I sailed, as I sailed,
I spied three ships from France as I sailed;
I spied three ships from France and to them I did advance,
And I took them all by chance as I sailed, as I sailed,
And I took them all by chance as I sailed.

Then fourteen ships I saw as I sailed, as I sailed,
Oh, then fourteen ships I saw as I sailed;
Then fourteen ships I saw and brave men they were all,
And they by my hand did fall as I sailed, as I sailed,
And they by my hand did fall as I sailed.

Overtaken now at last, I must die, I must die,
Overtaken now at last, I must die;
Overtaken now at last and into prison cast,
And sentence being passed, I must die, I must die,
And sentence being passed, I must die.

Come all you young and old, see me die, see me die,
Come all you young and old, see me die;
Come all you young and old, you are welcome to my goal,
And by it I've lost my soul, I must die, I must die,
And by it I've lost my soul, I must die.

I had ninety bars of gold as I sailed, as I sailed,
I had ninety bars of gold as I sailed;
I had ninety bars of gold and riches uncontrolled,
And dollars many-fold as I sailed, as I sailed,
And dollars many-fold as I sailed.

Farewell the raging main, I must die, I must die,
Oh, farewell the raging main, I must die;
Farewell the raging main, to Turkey, France, and Spain,
I never shall see it again for I must die, I must die,
I never shall see it again for I must die,

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 18th-century British broadside ballad (Laws K35) American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Collected in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.837-839, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Notes: Captain William Kidd [1645?-1701] was a British privateer commissioned by New York and Massachusetts to hunt pirates. He himself turned pirate and killed his gunner, William Moore, during a mutiny attempt. Kenneth Peacock noted that in 1701, during the two weeks that elapsed between Kidd's sentence at the Old Bailey in London and his execution in Wapping, this "goodnight" broadside was circulated throughout London.

A variant was recorded on video as Captain Kidd by Great Big Sea and friends.


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