It were this way - one day in October
The Duke, who were always a toff
Having no battles on at the moment,
Had given his lads a day off.
They'd all taken boats to go fishing,
When some chap in t' Conqueror's ear
Said "Let's go and put breeze up the Saxons;"
Said Bill - "By gum, that's an idea."
Then turning around to his soldiers,
He lifted his big Norman voice,
Shouting - "Hands up who's coming to England."
That was swank 'cos they hadn't no choice.
They started away about tea-time ,
The sea was so calm and so still,
And at quarter to ten the next morning
They arrived at a place called Bexhill.
King 'Arold came up as they landed ,
His face full of venom and 'ate ,
He said "lf you've come for Regatta
You've got here just six weeks too late."
And 'Arold got shot in the eye