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Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #10

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Song: Joseph Arthur: The Coast of High Barbary (4:02 minutes)
from Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.
Buy CD in Germany and elsewhere.
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Lyrics:

There were two lofty ships from Old England came,
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
One was the Prince of Luther and the other Prince of Wales,
Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.

“Aloft there, aloft,” our jolly boatswain cried,
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
“Look ahead, look astern, look the weather, look a lee,
Look down along the coast of High Barbary.”

“There’s naught upon the stern, there is naught upon the lee,
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
But there’s a lofty ship to windward and she’s sailing fast and free
Down along the coast of High Barbary.”

“Oh hail her, oh hail her,” our gallant captain cried.
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
“Are you a man of war or privateer or merchant ship?” said he,
Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.

“I am not a man of war or privateer,” said he,
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
“But I’m a salt sea pirate a-lookin’ for my fee,
Down along the coast of High Barbary.”

For broadside, for broadside a long time we lay,
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
Until the Prince of Luther shot the pirate’s mast away
Down along the coast of High Barbary.

For quarter, for quarter those pirates then did cry.
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we.
But the answer that we gave them, we sunk them in their sea,
Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.

Explanatory liner notes by ANTI-:

High Barbary was the romantic name of the once highly dangerous Riff Coast of North Africa, home of the dreaded Barbary Pirates. Also known as Corsairs, these often state-sponsored pirates preyed on European shipping for over 300 years. This song, sometimes used as a chantey, has many versions. All of them end with the pirates’ demise.

Written by Wolf

15. December 2008 at 2:01 am

Posted in Siren Sounds

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