The Ballad of Blackbeard

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The story of the notorious, pirate, Blackbeard,
Scourge of the Caribbean Seas.
Written in a Sea Shanty, style.

The Ballad of Blackbeard

 

Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh tell me the tale of the pirate, all sailors, feared

Oh tell me the tale of that devil, Blackbeard

 

Edward Teach, that was his name,

Pirating and murdering was his game.

He held the Caribbean seas in fear.

Under the nickname, Blackbeard.

 

He was born in the port of Bristol,

Some say holding a cutlass and a pistol.

No man more cruel could you find,

he and the Devil had a lot in kind.

 

Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh tell me the tale of the pirate, all sailors, feared

Oh tell me the tale of that devil, Blackbeard

 

The Queen Anne’s revenge was his ship,

with forty guns her vengeance was swift.

With smoking cannon fuses in his black beard,

he was the pirate all seamen loathed and feared.

 

 

He was the scourge of the seas,

 he brought the English navy to its knees.

A price of £100 was put upon his head,

to be brought to justice, whether alive or dead.

 

Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh tell me the tale of the pirate, all sailors, feared

Oh tell me the tale of that devil, Blackbeard

 

In 1718 at the mouth of Charleston harbour,

Blackbeard held them to ransom with guns and powder.

He exchanged prisoners for loot, and medicines for his men

He then slipped away, escaping to open seas once again.

 

The only way to make the Caribbean seas a safe place

Was to grant Blackbeard the Royal act of grace.

But the life of a retired gent did not suit him well,

before long he was back at sea raising hell.

 

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Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh tell me the tale of the pirate, all sailors, feared

Oh tell me the tale of that devil, Blackbeard

 

On a cold November morning

Cannon fire roared out in warning.

The English were closing in,

Blackbeard lit the fuses on his chin.

 

The pirates swarmed over the deserted decks of HMS Ranger,

Wielding Cutlass and pistol, they sensed they were in danger.

From the decks below, the Royal navy poured.

The pirates had been tricked; the fighting was bloody and hard

 

Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh tell me the tale of the pirate, all sailors, feared

Oh tell me the tale of that devil, Blackbeard

 

Capt. Maynard and Blackbeard finally clashed

Shots rang out and swords slashed.

shot five times and stabbed twenty times or more,

Blackbeard hit the deck in a pool of blood and gore.

 

The greatest pirate of them all was at last dead

From the Ranger’s bowsprit they hung his head.

He was the pirate all seamen loathed and feared.

The murderous scallywag, they called, Blackbeard.

 

Oh sing me a song, of the seven seas

Oh sing me a song, of the old pirate days

Oh, there is no more of this tale to tell

for the Devil blackbeard, now resides down in Hell.

 


Submitted: July 12, 2017

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hullabaloo22

I'd heard of Blackbeard, of course, but I learned so much more form this poem, celticscribe! Nicely done!

Thu, July 13th, 2017 6:13pm

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cheers, much appreciated.

Thu, July 13th, 2017 11:33am

K J Walker

Reminded me of a contemporary sea shanty . Nice one.

Cheers Kevin

Sat, October 28th, 2017 9:43am

Author
Reply

Thanks for the comments. much appreciated.

Sat, October 28th, 2017 8:33am

Dr. Acula the friendly Ghost

Really cool piece, Celt !
I enjoyed reading this.

Mon, December 17th, 2018 9:52pm

Author
Reply

thanks' for taking the time out to comment.

I reworked it and added the repeating verses to make it read more like an actual song than a poem.

glad you liked it.

Mon, December 17th, 2018 2:18pm

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