Songs of the Drink, Songs of the Sea

The Ration of Rum

Pierce Campbell
written by Pierce Campbell


Gotta have a song about Rum!


I set off to the sea at the age of thirteen Been the world over, the things I have seen But there's nothing so fearful as a big man-o-war Comin' up along side ya with her cannons a-roar The ration of rum, the ration of rum I should have been done for, but for the ration of rum The deck she had splintered we were thrown to the sea The air it was hell fire as sure as can be I thought I was going to sleep in the depths But I was too drunk to give up quite yet I filled up with sea water, of that there's no doubt But it didn't taste like rum, so I spit it all out I reached for a barrel that was floating on by When I saw it was rum, I started to cry I dodged hot lead cold steel, the noose and much more Been shipwrecked three times and made it to shore Out on the high seas there's danger's about But a ration of rum turns a scared man to stout