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Barrett’s Privateers lyrics

Oh, the year was 1778, (How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!)
A letter of marque come 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

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

On the King's birthday we put to sea, (How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!)
We were 91 days to Montego Bay
Pumping like madmen all the way

On the 96th 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

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

Then at length we 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

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 Maintruck carried off both me legs

So here I lay in my 23rd year, (How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!)
It's been six years since we sailed away
And I just made Halifax yesterday.

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