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Stand To Your Guns


courtesy of - Thomas Carter early 1800's

Stand to your guns my hearts of oak

let not a word on board be spoke

Victory soon will crown the joke

be silent and be ready

Ram home your guns and sponge them

well let us be sure the balls will tell

The cannon's roar shall sound their knell

be steady, boys be steady

Not yet, nor yet, nor yet reserve your fire  - 

I do desire " fire"

Now the elements do rattle the Gods

amazed behold the battle

A broadside my boys see

the blood in purple tide

Trickle down her battered side

winged with fate the bullets fly

Conquer boys or bravely die

hurl destruction on your foes

She sinks Huzza! to the bottom

to the bottom down she goes

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.