"Boney Was A Warrior" is written in 6/8 time, and is an extremely brief biography of Napoleon. Also known as simply "Boney", it is a sea shanty of uncertain origin, although the words were obviously written no earlier than the 1820s as the song alludes to his death.
Whatever his faults, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) is generally recognized as one of the greatest military leaders in European or any history. Napoleon, who was sometimes referred to as the Corsican - after his birthplace - rose through the ranks to become Commander of the French Army, conquered Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire, and eventually became Emperor of France.
In 1812, he invaded Russia, a disastrous mistake that was repeated by Hitler, whose folly inspired the sympathetic "The Snow Fell
" and the neutral "Roads To Moscow