Roll Alabama
Bellowhead Lyrics


When the Alabama's keel was laid
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Oh roll Alabama roll

She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll

Down Mersey channel she sailed then
Roll Alabama roll
And Liverpool gave her guns and men
Oh roll Alabama roll

Out of Mersey channel she set forth
Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Into Cherbourg harbour she sailed one day
Roll Alabama roll
To collect her share of the prize money
Oh roll Alabama roll

And many a sailor met his doom
Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

A shot from the forward pivot that day
Roll Alabama roll
Blew the Alabama's shearing gear away
Oh roll Alabama roll

Of the three mile limit in sixty four
Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Oh roll Alabama roll
Oh roll Alabama roll

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Guinness feast

When the Alabama's keel was laid
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Oh roll Alabama roll

She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll

Down Mersey channel she sailed then
Roll Alabama roll
And Liverpool gave her guns and men
Oh roll Alabama roll

Out of Mersey channel she set forth
Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Into Cherbourg harbour she sailed one day
Roll Alabama roll
To collect her share of the prize money
Oh roll Alabama roll

And many a sailor met his doom
Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

A shot from the forward pivot that day
Roll Alabama roll
Blew the Alabama's shearing gear away
Oh roll Alabama roll

Of the three mile limit in sixty four
Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Oh roll Alabama roll
Oh roll Alabama roll



Grey Ghost

@Liam Simonsen
Hi Liam,
And thanks for that information. I took a quick look at your site. Nicely organised. It looks very interesting
and I will peruse it when I have the leisure to do so. I take it you are in my Home city, judging by your photographs ?
I don't live there now but not a million miles away. I recall the old Liverpool with its grimy, noble buildings, before the
Council's 'revisionists' got started on so many areas and other cultural mementos. I recall, as a child, visiting the
heavily bombed rubble of the Museum in 1961. Only the 'Horseshoe Gallery' was in use. It was entirely turned over to
an exhibition called "Liverpool and the American Civil War". The amount of Civil War kit they had was amazing.
I visited numerous times over the year and found it fascinating. I had been interested in The West and the Civil War
for years even then. It was astonishing, as an English child, to find so much of the history in my own home city.
Roll Alabama, I first heard sung by The Cumberland Three, one of the many Folk bands of the early sixties.
John Stewart, the leader in 1960, later joined the better known Kingston Trio in 1961. Roll Alabama is listed on the
Cumberland Three's recording, incorrectly as "292" ; her 'yard number' which was in reality "290".
The Bellowhead version I only recently encountered, though it was a popular song at the time of the centenary of the war.



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Paul Wake

The Alabama visited Simon's Town in South Africa during the Civil War and inspired the song Daar kom die Alibama. Well known to many Cape Towners. Two great songs inspired by the same ship ain't bad going.

dukeofoven

Oh wow - just seen me in the audience! The live concert sequences were filmed in Norwich. Absolutely joyful evening.
Never seen a live band who seem to love playing as much as these guys do.

Rebecca Coyochitl Lopez

Nice historical song, thank you <3

big cheez

My mum's in this
Lol

Dexter cochran

Amazing song. Amazing ship. Roll on, Alabama!

MrHistorian123

I've heard others do this song, but this version is utterly amazing. Bellowhead is one of the best bands ever.

FadingAway90

4:19 BEST PART, means I get to restart the song and listen again

Guinness feast

When the Alabama's keel was laid
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Oh roll Alabama roll

She was laid in the yard of Johnathan Laird
Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
She was laid in the town of Birkenhead
Oh roll Alabama roll

Down Mersey channel she sailed then
Roll Alabama roll
And Liverpool gave her guns and men
Oh roll Alabama roll

Out of Mersey channel she set forth
Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
To destroy the commerce of the north
Oh roll Alabama roll

Into Cherbourg harbour she sailed one day
Roll Alabama roll
To collect her share of the prize money
Oh roll Alabama roll

And many a sailor met his doom
Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
When the Yankee ship hauled into view
Oh roll Alabama roll

A shot from the forward pivot that day
Roll Alabama roll
Blew the Alabama's shearing gear away
Oh roll Alabama roll

Of the three mile limit in sixty four
Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Roll Alabama roll
She sank to the bottom of the ocean floor
Oh roll Alabama roll

Oh roll Alabama roll
Oh roll Alabama roll

senor250

Listened to this on Radio 2 this morning on the way to work. Awesome!!!

Marco Difruscio

Found them too late damn no new music

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