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Here is our local Anthem. If you are ever in a pub in Halifax and start singing this, i'm sure everyone in the bar will join in. (Sorry US peeps... nothing personal). It is a sea chanty, and I guess the lousy filter will turn all the "D.amns" to dang.. *sigh*

 

 

Barrett's Privateers

By: Stan Rogers

 

O the year was 1778

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

A letter of marque came from the king

To the scummiest vessel I've 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

 

2. O 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 . . . .

 

 

3. The Antelope sloop was a sickening site

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

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

And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers and jags

God damn them all . . . .

 

 

4. On the King's birthday we put to sea

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

Ninety-one days to Montego Bay

Pumping like madmen all the way

God damn them all . . . .

 

 

5. On the ninety-sixth day we sailed again

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

When a great big Yankee hove in sight

With our cracked four-pounders we made to fight

God damn them all . . . .

 

 

6. The Yankee lay low down with gold

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

She was broad and fat and loose in stays

But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days

God damn them all . . . .

 

 

7. Then at length she stood two cables away

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

Our cracked four-pounders made awful din

But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in

God damn them all . . . .

 

 

8. 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 . . . .

 

 

9. Now here I lay in my twenty-third year

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

It's been six years since we sailed away

And I just made Halifax yesterday

God damn them all . . . .

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Here is our local Anthem. If you are ever in a pub in Halifax and start singing this, i'm sure everyone in the bar will join in. (Sorry US peeps... nothing personal). It is a sea chanty, and I guess the lousy filter will turn all the "D.amns" to dang.. *sigh*

 

 

Barrett's Privateers

By: Stan Rogers

 

O the year was 1778

How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

A letter of marque came from the king

To the scummiest vessel I've ever seen

That song is also well known in East Coast SCA groups.

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My wife is an elementary school music teacher.

 

Do not get me going with kiddie songs...

I will burn out your brains with songs that will not go away...ever.

I've five years of torture built up begging for release that makes Wheels on the Bus seem like a walk in the park :devil:

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