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Rank this week: 66 (↑10)
Duration: 5:23 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Release Date: 1994  (sfjpk30) 
Lyrics By: Al Parrish (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Al Parrish (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By:
Released By: Tanglefoot Media (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Tanglefoot Records (Polexia) 
"So why are there no songs about successful pirates?" This marvelous acoustic 'story song' answers that scurvy question with all the piratey gusto you're likely to hear anytime soon. A perfect song to listen to on "Talk Like A Pirate Day" (September 19).- Stavro Arrgolus
  • From the 1994 album "Saturday Night In Hardwood Lake". (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    It was June and it was hot, when on board the ship we got
    With shot and powder for the guns and a hogshead full of rum
    And salt cod to last until the winter squalls
    We made for the southwest where the hunting would be best
    Where the Spanish ships of trade down with Aztec silver laden
    Were the fairest game for gentlemen of fortune

    And with tar on our pigtails and blood on our rapiers
    We'll fly the skull and crossbones and by God, we'll take no prisoners
    It's hi-ho away boys, we'll sail from Traighli Bay boys
    Hoist the Jolly Roger at the break of day

    From up the crows nest then, called the third mate, Mr. Flynn
    "Set the course and hold 'er steady and for action make 'er ready
    There's a Spanish merchant off the starboard bow"
    We raised the black flag high, fast the Spaniard turned to fly
    We followed in her wake until we could overtake
    And dismasted her with chain from cannon fired


    We pulled up alongside with our grappling hooks and lines
    Guns and cutlasses in hand on the gunwales we did stand
    Every hand from the Captain to the cabin boy
    Saw three dead the chains had flayed, then we raised and crossed our blades
    To their mates we gave our best as the sun set in the west
    With pikes and swords, pistols, fists and feet


    From the darkness till the dawn as the battle raged on
    We fought with manly fitness as we meant to leave no witness
    We lost Mr. Flynn and one leg from the cabin boy
    But with their treasure we retired and we set a canvas fire
    Left her sinking to the deep where their silent bones will sleep
    And we forged a leg of gold for the cabin boy


    It was August and still warm when to Traighli we returned
    Fifty-eight days on the main and we've no need to sail again
    We've gold and silver more than we could spend
    Now half a century has passed and of that crew I am the last
    Fifty years I've roamed these docks and when I get a chance to talk
    I tell of how I got this golden leg

    (Stavro Arrgolus)
    Current Rating 9.7 (2 votes)
    Played on 3 shows:
    09-23-13, #MMS-17210-04-09, #MMS-129
    01-29-11, #MMS-140
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