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The Ballad of Captain Robert

This song is by Abney Park and appears on the album Lost Horizons (2008) and on the album Ancient World (2012).

1. Captain Robert took his men
And flew to Prague and back again
Some fell off and some dropped dead
And some put bullets through their heads

2. A skeleton crew is what came back
Who'd lived through mutiny, plague and flak
Strong and calloused, brave and tired
All those who could stay inspired

3. Captain Robert took his ship
To Beijing and to Mozambique
Stir crazy or in irons he clapped them
One of them tried to kiss the captain

4. Captain Robert looked at his crew
And saw that everyone was new
The crew got broke through misadventure
No one could take another gut wrencher

5. Captain Roberts took his crew
To Shangri-la and Timbuktu
Some went crazy, some got mad
Some he kicked off ship in Chad

6. A skeleton crew is what came back
And once in port he filled his sack
With bribes and cash and fame and coin
Things to make a new crew join


  • The stanzas are sung 1, 6, 5, 2, 3, 4, 2, 6, 5, on Lost Horizons and 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 6, 4, 8, 1 on Ancient World.


Written by:

Robert Brown

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