Verse 1:
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Let me sing you a song, boys, of fire and flame
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Of a French ammo ship, the Mont-Blanc was her name
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How the brave Nova Scotia was never the same
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On the morning when Halifax burned
 

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'Twas in early December 1917
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She was packed to the gills with Grade a T-N-T
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They were bound for the fighting in High Germany
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When towards them the other ship turned
 
Verse 2:
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The Norweigan ship Imo, some fault in her gears
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She struck Mont-Blanc's side like the mightiest of spears
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And the benzol ignited the captain's worst fears
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As the fire consumed bow to stern
 

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The people gazed on from their safe distant rooms
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Watched the soot and the smoke fill the sky with their plumes
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But within, the ship's cargo would spell all their dooms
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How were they to know to be concerned?
 
Verse 3:
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The crew rowed for shore, lest they burn or they drown
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They cried, "Save your souls!" as they ran through the town
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But their warnings were nothing but strange foreign sounds
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For the townsfolk, no French had they learned
 

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One man, Patrick Coleman, in the railway's employ
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Sent word, "Stop the trains or they'll all be destroyed
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This will be my last message, farewell to you, boys"
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For a true hero's death he had earned
 
Verse 4:
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An explosion, colossal, when the munitions blew
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Devastation and debris for miles fired through
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The Mont-Blanc was gone, and the town with it, too
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And the waters raged up in return
 

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There were heroes and angels all fated to die
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Over two thousand souls laid to rest by-and-by
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We will always remember and lift a glass high
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To the morning when Halifax burned
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