#00748
By Peter Kerrivan (Fine Crowd)

By Peter Kerrivan, we are the Masterless Men,
We have no lord to serve, we live by wile and nerve.
The British Navy they come in search of we,
Our trails through bog we lead,
We disappear.

Back on the Emerald Isle, the lord would sit and smile,
Taking all reward from our toil.
No more I'll serve my liege, for I've jumped ship you see.
I'll take my liberty,
And roam these shores.

By Peter Kerrivan, we are the Masterless Men,
We have no lord to serve, we live by wile and nerve.
The British Navy they come in search of we,
Our trails through bog we lead,
We disappear.

They deemed us outlaws, we roam this Southern Shore,
Those navvy boys we rob and tease.
We steal their flour and beans, they'd take our liberty!
Those navvy boys,
They'll not catch me.

By Peter Kerrivan, we are the Masterless Men,
We have no lord to serve, we live by wile and nerve.
The British Navy they come in search of we,
Our trails through bog we lead,
We disappear.

Back to the Butterpot, we run and duck their shot,
They'd stretch our necks on gallows high.
I'll not see Ireland's shore,
I'll toil for lords no more.
A Masterless Man,
Is the life I lead.

By Peter Kerrivan, we are the Masterless Men,
We have no lord to serve, we live by wile and nerve.
The British Navy they come in search of we,
Our trails through bog we lead,
We disappear.

By Peter Kerrivan, we are the Masterless Men,
We have no lord to serve, we live by wile and nerve.
The British Navy they come in search of we,
Our trails through bog we lead,
We disappear.

####.... Hugh Scott ©1994, Evergreen Songs (Of This Place, Iceberg Alley Intl, 1998) Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
This variant licensed to, and arranged and recorded by, Fine Crowd (Poverty's Arse, trk#7, 1995, produced and engineered at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL, by Dermot O'Reilly).

See more songs by Fine Crowd.

Masterless Men was a band of runaway servants, ship jumpers and deserters who raided the Royal Navy stores in the area around St John's, NL. Many were captured and hanged. Peter Kerrivan was their leader and was never captured.


line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here