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the real mckenzies – barrett’s privateers lyrics

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oh, the year was 1778
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
well a letter of marque came from the king
to the sc-mmiest vessel i’ve ever seen
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but 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 up for the antelope’s crew
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

now the antelope she was a sickening sight
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
she’d a list to the port and her sails in rags
and the cook in the scuppers with the shakes and the jags
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

and on the king’s birthday we sailed away
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
we were 97 days from montego bay
we were pumping like madmen all the way
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

and on the 98th day we sailed again
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
with a big fat american hove in sight
our cracked four pounders made to fight
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

that yankee she lay low with gold
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
she was big and fat and loose at the stays
and to catch her took us three whole days
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

well at last we stood two cables away
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
well our cracked four pounders made an awful din
but an american ball come staved us in
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

now the antelope shook and she pitched on her side
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
well barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs
and the main truck took off both my legs
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers

so here i lay in my 23rd year
how i wish i was in sherbrooke now
well it’s been 6 years since we sailed away
and i just made halifax yesterday
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers
god d-mn them all! i was told
we’d sail the seas for american gold
we’d fire no gun, shed no tear
but i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
and you’ll never find a better man far or near
i’m a broken man on a halifax pier
the last of barrett’s privateers