Here are the lyrics:
As we were sailing all on the salt sea,
We hadn’t been gone months but two or three,
We saw ten sail, ten sail of Turks,
All men of war full as big as we.
“Haul down your colors, you English dogs!
Haul down your colors, do not refuse.
Haul down your colors, you English dogs
Or your precious lives you will lose!”
Our captain being a valiant man,
And a well-bespoken a man was he:
“Let it never be said we died like dogs,
For we will fight most manfully!”
“Go up aloft, you cabin boys,
And mount the mainmast a topsail high,
For to spread the news to King Henry’s fleet
That we’ll run the risk or else we’ll die!”
Well the fight began about six in the morn,
And up to the setting of the sun.
And at the rise of the next dawn,
Where we saw ten ships we couldn’t see but one.
But three we sank and three we burned,
And three we caused to run away,
But one we towed back to Portsmouth Harbour,
For to let them know we won the day.
If anyone there should inquire
As to our gallant captain’s name,
Well, Captain Wellfounder was our commander
And the Royal Oak is our ship of name.