Interesting Facts about Roll Alabama Roll! – Forebitter
This forebitter has a very similar tune to “Roll The Cotton Down”, “Roll Alabama Roll! – Forebitter”. Stan Hugill has “Roll The Cotton Down” – Forebitter version, from New Zeland Lady which he met, in New Zeland in 1925, whose husband had been a seaman in “Alabama”.
The source of this forebitter
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 159).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 159).
The Record of the Roll Alabama Roll! – Forebitter
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Roll, Alabama, Roll!
Oh, in eighteen hundread an’ sixty one,
– ROLL, alabama, ROLL!
This ship her building wuz begun.
– Oh ROLL, alabama, ROLL!
* 2 *
When the Alabama’s keel was laid,
This ship her building was begun.
* 3 *
Oh, she was build in Birkenhead,
Built in the yard of Jonathan Laird
* 4 *
And down the Mersey she rolled one day,
An’ across the western she ploughed her way
* 5 *
With British guns, oh, she was stocked,
She sail from Fayal – in Cherbourg she docked.
* 6 *
To fight the North, Semmes did employ,
Any method to kill an’ destroy.
* 7 *
But off Cherbourg, the Kearsage lay tight,
Awaiting was Winslow to start a good fight.
* 8 *
Outside the three-mile limit they fought,
An’ Semmes escaped on a fine British yacht.
* 9 *
The Kersarge won – Alabama so brave,
Sank to the bottom to a watery grave.