This tunes speaks about Admiral Hosier, a British Vice-Admiral who died by disease with his crew in the Blockade of Porto Bello.
Actually, the song is more about someone who had not the guts to make a move on his/her loved one, to the point of losing him/her, then spending his/her life in regret.
Heed, oh heed! my fatal story,
I am Hosier's injur'd ghost;
You who now have purchas'd glory
At this place where I was lost;
Tho' in Porto Bello's ruin
You now triumph, free from fears,
Yet to hear of my undoing,
You will mix your joys with tears.
I love the sunset through yon palms,
the coats of red in the golden sun
in a barn, along White Beach
with my Portobello Belle,
tired of Spanish and buccaneers
I'd make a livin' in fish right here
lying down with my idle hand
dangling as an Irish pennant
I wanted Vict'ry oh so dearly
that I sailed ways too deadly
the town was there for me to attack
nearly willing to unfurl the Jack
there I abode to call first volley
bold next day would be the one
but now I adrift in my old cuddy
yearning bunt's loud yells of war
Unrepining at thy glory,
Thy successful arms we hail,
But remember our black story,
When to Britain back you sail!
All your country's foes subduing,
When your patriot friends you see,
Think on vengeance for my ruin,
And for England sham'd in me.
from Tales of Love & Indecision
released May 12, 2013
some part of the lyrics are taken from "admiral Hosier's Ghost" by Richard Glover