Benjamin Bowmaneer
Kate Rusby Lyrics


Have you heard how the wars began,
Benjamin Bowmaneer?
Have you heard how the wars began?
Castors away!
Have you heard how the wars began
When England fought to a man?
The proud tailor rode prancing away

From a shear board he made a horse,
Benjamin Bowmaneer
Shear board he made a horse,
Castors away!
From a shear board he made a horse
So he could ride across.
The proud tailor rode prancing away

From his scissors made bridle bits,
Benjamin Bowmaneer
Scissors made bridle bits,
Castors away!
From his scissors made bridle bits
To keep his horse in his wits.
The proud tailor rode prancing away

And as he rode o'er the lea,
Benjamin Bowmaneer
As he rode o'er the lea,
Castors away!
And as he rode o'er the lea,
He spied a fly on his knee.
The proud tailor rode prancing away

From his needle he made a spear,
Benjamin Bowmaneer
Needle he made a spear,
Castors away!
From his needle he made a spear
And pierce the fly in his ear.
And the proud tailor rode prancing away

From his thimble he made a bell,
Benjamin Bowmaneer
Thimble he made a bell,
Castors away!
From his thimble he made a bell
To toll the flea's funeral knell.
The proud tailor rode prancing away

And that's how the wars began,
Benjamin Bowmaneer?
That's how the wars began?
Castors away!
And thats how the wars began
When England fought to a man?
The proud tailor rode prancing
The tailor rode prancing
The tailor rode prancing away

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Comments from YouTube:

Goof E. Washington

The arrangement and production value of this song are superb.
Damien O'Kane - well done.

Sijia Huang

One of my favorite albums

Dave Greenhalf

Just wonderful; it has become my favourite Kate Rusby song!

Kitty shekle

KATE RUSBY IS AWESOME 👏✊👍

Martin Cullwick

As already said, brilliant production.

1 Down 4 Up

Im an Englishman living 4,000 miles away from home in the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I jumped in the car on route to grab some beers and the local community radio (awful) was playing. For some reason I didn't turn over and few songs in this beautiful song was being played. Wow! What a talented musician.

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