Barrett’s Privateers - arr. Ron Smail

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Oh, the year was 1778, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

A letter of marque come from the king,

To the scummiest vessel I'd ever seen,

God damn them all!


I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold

We'd fire no guns-shed no tears

Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier

The last of Barrett's Privateers.


Oh, Elcid Barrett cried the town, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

For twenty brave men all fishermen who

Would make for him the Antelope's crew

God damn them all!


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The Antelope sloop was a sickening sight, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

She'd a list to the port and and her sails in rags

And the cook in scuppers with the staggers and the jags

God damn them all!


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On the King's birthday we put to sea, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

We were 91 days to Montego Bay

Pumping like madmen all the way

God damn them all!


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On the 96th day we sailed again, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

When a bloody great Yankee hove in sight

With our cracked four pounders we made to fight

God damn them all!


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The Yankee lay low down with gold, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

She was broad and fat and loose in the stays

But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days

God damn them all!


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Then at length we stood two cables away, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

Our cracked four pounders made an awful din

But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in

God damn them all!


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The Antelope shook and pitched on her side, HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

Barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs

And the Main trunk carried off both me legs

God damn them all!


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So here I lay in my 23rd year,

HOW I WISH I WAS IN SHERBROOKE NOW!

It's been 6 years since we sailed away

And I just made Halifax yesterday

God damn them all!


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