by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Language: English 
Available translation(s): HUN
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest,
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.

Hate lies close to love of gold.
Dead men's secrets are tardily told.
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.

Dead men only the secret shall keep
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.
So bare the knife and plunge it deep.
Yo! ho! ho! Yo! ho! Yo! ho! ho!

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest,
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum.
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo! ho! ho and a bottle of rum,
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest,
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo! ho! ho! Yo! ho! Yo! ho! ho!

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Zoltán Retkes) , title 1: "Kalózok dala", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

This text was added to the website: 2004-02-10
Line count: 21
Word count: 165