Sixteen Knights

Words: Jason of Westershire, after Crag Duggin's "Sixteen Knights"
Tune: Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis
Source: Dorcas

Some people think a Fyrdman is made out of mud.
But a Fyrdmanís made of muscle and blood.
Muscle and blood, duct tape and chain mail,
A mind thatís weak and an arm thatís hail.

    You fight sixteen knights, and what do you get?
    Another wrenched shoulder and deeper in debt.
    St. William donít you call me, I canít get killed.
    I owe my soul to the Armorersí Guild.

Well, a Huscarlís life is more than you think.
Thereís more to life than women and drink.
(Thereís) Women and drink and the practice field.
And no more women until youíre healed.

    You fight sixteen knights, and what do you get?
    Another rib broken and deeper in debt.
    St. William donít you call me, I canít get killed.
    I owe my soul to the Armorersí Guild.

Now, a knight is known by his belt and chain,
But those gold and silver targets only cause him pain.
Cause him pain, though he makes his kill,
If the swords donít get you, the spearmen will!

    You eat sixteen pikes, and what do you get?
    You get your jaw wired and deeper in debt.
    St. William donít you call me, I canít get killed.
    I owe my soul to the Armorersí Guild.

Now, of fighting men, you know the King is the best,
ĎCause he won that crown when he beat the rest.
But seek not battle for the crown to do,
ĎCause if youíre NOT lucky, itíll come to you.

    You beat sixteen knights, and what do you get?
    A crown of gold and a world of debt.
    (slower)
    Bless his name Ďcause we all know
    He owes his soul to Conoco!

    Old Alternate ending:
    Bless his name when the King draws nigh.
    He owes his soul to MCI!

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