The Ballad of William Kidd

My name was William Kidd,
When I sailed, when I sailed,
My name was William Kidd, when I sailed,
My name was William Kidd; God's laws I did forbid,
So wickedly I did, when I sailed, when I sailed,
So wickedly I did when I sailed.

My parents taught me well, when I sailed, . . .
My parents taught me well, to shun the gates of hell,
Against them I rebelled, when I sailed, . . .

I spied three ships from France, as I sailed, . . .
I spied three ships from France,
Upon them I advanced,
I took them all by chance, as I sailed, . . .

I spied three ships from Spain, as I sailed, . . .
I spied three ships from Spain,
And left them on the Main,
When the most of them were slain, as I sailed, . . .

I'd ninety bars of gold, as I sailed, . . .
I'd ninety bars of gold, and sovereigns manifold,
With riches uncontrolled, as I sailed, . . .

I murdered William Moore, as I sailed, . . .
I murdered William Moore, and left him in his gore,
There so many miles from shore, as I sailed, . . .

Take a warning now by me, for I must die, . . .
Take a warning now by me, and shun bad company,
Lest you come to hell with me, for I must die, . . .

key of Dm (4:26)
Jim Hancock – guitar, voice
Vicki Scuteri – violin

As performed on the recording:
Jim Hancock and Friends - Blood On The Boards

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