Mine, Mine, Mine

Here we got a song about the English settlers' desire to reap the New World of its rewards, believing without a doubt that they are entitled to them, and assuming that they're there at all. It's also to make perfectly clear that Ratcliffe is one greedy man who will do whatever it takes to get all the gold and glory for himself, if we weren't too sure about it earlier, while Captain Smith is a wee bit different from the other Englishmen in that while he's also after the rewards the land has to offer, said reward is in the form of adventure.

Useless bit of trivia: This song mentions the historical figure Cortés, who became a character The Road to El Dorado where he was voiced by Jim Cummings who, among other voiceworks, was also the singing voice of Chief Powhatan.

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The gold of Cortés
The jewels of Pizarro
Will seem like mere trinkets
By this time tomorrow
The gold we find here
Will dwarf them by far
Oh, with all ya got in ya, boys
Dig up Virginia, boys

Mine, boys, mine ev'ry mountain
And dig, boys, dig 'til ya drop
Grab a pick, boys
Quick, boys
Shove in a shovel
Uncover those lovely
Pebbles that sparkle and shine
It's gold and it's mine, mine, mine...

English settlers
Dig and dig and dig and diggety...
Dig and dig and dig and diggety...

Hey nonny nonny
Ho nonny nonny

Oh, how I love it!

Hey nonny nonny
Ho nonny nonny

Riches for cheap

Hey nonny nonny
Ho nonny nonny
There'll be heaps of it

And I'll be on top of the heap

My rivals back home
It's not that I'm bitter
But think how they'll squirm
When they see how I glitter
The ladies at court
Will be all a-twitter
The king will reward me
He'll knight me... no, lord me

It's mine, mine, mine
For the taking
It's mine, boys
Mine, me that gold
With those nuggest dug

It's glory they'll gimme
My dear friend, King Jimmy
Will probably build me a shrine
When all of the golden is mine

English settlers
Dig and dig and dig and diggety
Dig and dig and dig and diggety-dig

John Smith
All of my life, I have searched for a land
Like this one
A wilder, more challenging country
I couldn't design
Hundreds of dangers await
And I don't plan to miss one
In a land I can claim
A land I can tame
The greatest adventure is mine

Keep on working, lads
Don't be shirking, lads
Mine, boys, mine
Mine me that gold
Beautiful gold

Make this island
My land

Make the mounds big, boys
I'd help you to dig, boys
But I've got this crick in me spine

John Smith
This land we behold

This beauty untold

John Smith
A man can be bold

It all can be sold

And the gold

English settlers
Dig and dig and diggety-dig
Hey nonny nonny nonny it's mine

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