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Ooh-Aah2 DTStudy:Capt Calls All Hands/Bold Privateer (13) RE: DTStudy:Capt Calls All Hands/Bold Privateer 04 Dec 04


Thanks for this interesting thread, Joe. I'm pretty sure you would know Eliza Carthey's version of 'The Bold Privateer', with quite different lyrics to those you've posted here?
    Good idea. Here are Eliza Carthy's lyrics, again from http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~zierke/.
    -Joe Offer-

    Bold Privateer

    [Trad. arr. Eliza Carthy]

    Sung and played by Eliza Carthy on her record Anglicana. She is accompanied by Tim van Eyken on guitar.

    Eliza Carthy said in the album's sleeve notes:

    My Dad said he has been meaning to give me this song for about five years. I eventually held him in a savage stranglehold until he gave it up. It comes from a collection by John Broadwood, relative of Lucy. All the songs in the collection come from Surrey and Sussex, and Broadwood swears that they were obtained from genuine country people and peasants.

    Lyrics

    Our boat, she's on a drift
    And our ship, she's on the waves
    Farewell my dearest jewel
    For no longer can I stay

    |: Our ship, she lies awaiting
    So fare you well, my dear
    For I must go on board
    Of this bold privateer :|

    There's no-one there can tell you
    What great hazards you will run
    So many have been slain
    Since the wars first begun

    |: Such bloody engagements
    And dangers that draw near
    With loss of their sweet lives
    In this bold privateer :|

    Grieve not, my dearest jewel
    When I'm out of your sweet sight
    For I must go on board
    And so boldly I will fight

    |: We'll beat down the pride
    Of the lofty monaseer*
    And soon we'll let them know
    She's a bold privateer :|

    Then since you are a-going
    May heaven kinder be
    May kind heaven protect you
    By land or by sea

    |: May kind heaven protect you
    Wherever you may steer
    And send you safe home back
    From this bold privateer :|

    The prizes we have taken
    Are from France and from Spain
    And my true love at home
    Will have part of them the same

    |: And when the wars are over
    I'll turn unto my dear
    And then I'll bid adieu
    To this bold privateer :|

    Oh, when the wars are over
    I'll turn unto my dear
    And then I'll bid adieu
    To this bold privateer

    Notes

    *“Monaseer” is late eighteenth / early ninteenth-century slang for a Frenchman, from “monsieur”. The Dutch were similarly known as “Monheers” (or “butterboxes”!) The English have a habit of genially mangling the pronunciation of their enemies' names - the Indian Prince Sirauj-ad Daula was known to the troops as “Sir Roger Dowler” for example.
    [Kim Birley]

    Acknowledgements

    Transcribed by Reinhard Zierke with help from Kira White and Kim Birley. Thank you!


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