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
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle)
KEYWORDS: shanty Napoleon exile battle
1812- Napoleon's Russian campaign
1815- Battle of Waterloo
1821- Death of Napoleon on Saint Helena
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) US(MA,MW)
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 13, "Boney" (1 text)
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman, pp. 6-7, "Boney" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Walton/Grimm-Windjammers-SongsOfTheGreatLakesSailors, pp. 78-79, "Boney" (1 composite text, 1 tune)
Bone-CapstanBars, p. 42, "Boney" (1 partial text, 1 tune)
Shay-AmericanSeaSongsAndChanteys, p. 29, "Boney" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kinsey-SongsOfTheSea, pp. 88-90, "Boney Was a Warrior" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord-SongsOfAmericanSailormen, pp. 40-41, "Boney" (1 text, 1 tune plus 1 fragment of "Jean Francois")
Harlow-ChantyingAboardAmericanShips, pp. 27-28, "John Francois (Boney Was a Warrior)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, pp. 445-446, 448 "Boney," "Hilonday" (2 English and 1 French text, 2 tunes) [AbrEd, pp. 333-335]
Hugill-SongsOfTheSea, p. 75, "Jean Francois de Nantes" (2 texts, French and English, 1 tune)
Sharp-EnglishFolkChanteys, XLIX, p. 54, "Bonny Was a Warrior" (1 text, 1 tune)
Terry-TheShantyBook-Part1, #26, "Boney was a warrior" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, p. 310, "Boney" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 88, "Boney Was A Warrior" (1 text)
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.

Roud #485
cf. "Bud Francois" (parody)
John Francois
File: Doe006

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