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Irish Descendents – Barrett'S Privateers lyrics

Oh, the year was 1778,
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
A letter of mark 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.
I'm a broken man on a Halifax Peer,
The last of Barrett's Privateers.

Well, Elcid Barrett cried the town
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
For twenty brave men all fisherman who
Would make for him the "Antelope's" crew

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The "Antelopes" sloop was a sickening sight
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
She had a list to the port and her sails in rags
And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers and jags

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On the king's birthday we put to sea
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
It was ninety one days to Montigo Bay
Pumping like madmen all the way

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On the ninety sixth day we sailed again
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
When a bloody great Yankee hove in sight
With our cracked four-pounders we made to fight.

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The Yankee lay low down with gold
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
She was broad and fat and loose in stays
But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days.

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Then at length we stood two cables away
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
Our cracked four-pounders made an awful din
But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in

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The Antelope shook and pitched on her side
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
Well Barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs
And the Maintruck carried off both me legs.

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So here I sit in my twenty-third year
("How I wish I was in Sherbrook now!")
It's been six years since I sailed away
And I just made Halifax yesterday

(Repeat chorus)

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    This song's been around for a while, and could very well be based on a true story, though there are some inconsitencies, like 20 men to crew a sloop isn't possible, but whatever. Anyway, in the first verse, "A letter of Mark" is incorrect. It's should be a "letter of Marque". A letter of Marque and Reprisal has deep roots in history and was a very effective tool for dealing with enemies of the state. Something we should consider bringing back.
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