"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

A fictional sea shanty from which only fragments are offered, the longest being

Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the devil had done for the rest-

Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

This fragment was developed into a full length poem by Young E. Allison, which was published under the name 'Derelict' in 1891. It tells the story of a ship floating adrift, laden with treasure and the bodies of fifteen pirates who have evidently done themselves in. The first verse is shown below. You can read the full version here or read the lyrics as they are sung in the clip below.

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest

Drink and the devil had done for the rest—

The mate was fixed by the bos'n's pike,

The bos'n brained with a marlin spike,

And Cookey's throat was marked belike

It had been gripped By fingers ten;

And there they lay,

All good dead men

Like break-o'-day in a boozing-ken— 

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

 As Stevenson says: "Treasure Island came out of Kingsley's At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies (1871); where I got the 'Dead Man's Chest' - that was the seed". There have been various musical incarnations of the poem: the earliest was composed for a 1901 Broadway production of Treasure Island. The clip below offers a record reprisal of the original.