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Barrett's Privateers (Irish Descendants) MIDI, videos
#1583: YouTube video by ajhelho ©2011
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Oh, the year was seventeen seventy-eight,
How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!
A letter of marque came 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!
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.

The Antelope sloop was a sickening sight,
How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!
She'd a list to the port and her sails in rags,
And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers and the jags.

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.

On the King's birthday we put to sea,
How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!
We were ninety-one days to Montego Bay,
Pumping like madmen all the way.

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.

On the ninety-sixth 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!
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.

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!
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.

Then at length she 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!
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.

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 truck carried off both me legs.

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.

Now here I lay in my twenty-third year,
How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!
It's been six long years since we sailed away,
And I just made Halifax yesterday.

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.

####.... Stan Rogers, ©1976 ....####
See more songs by Stan Rogers.

This variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants (Gypsies & Lovers / the Irish Descendants, trk#3, 1994 CD, produced by Derek Harrington, distributed by Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario); and (So Far So Good; The Best Of The Irish Descendants, trk#11, 1999 CD, Warner Music Canada Ltd, Scarborough, Ontario); and (We Are The Irish Descendants, trk#13, 2004 CD, Kells Music, Green Island, New York).

See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

The video above features an acapella cover performance by Tony Hilliard with the help of friends from the Gloucester maritime music group Three Sheets To The Wind with a few others.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.


#302: YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
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A variant was also arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (The Sons Of Erin. Volume 1, Alive 'N' Kickin', trk#12, 1991, Erinson Music, St John's, NL, distributed by Duckworth Distribution).

See more songs by Sons Of Erin.

This song also has a parody titled Garnet's Home Made Beer by Ian Robb.

From The Free Dictionary:
Four-Pounder - artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds.



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