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Privateering

This song is by Mark Knopfler and appears on the album Privateering (2012).

Yon's my privateer
See how trim she lies
To every man a lucky hand
And every man a prize
I live to ride the ocean
The mighty world around
To take a little plunder
And to hear the cannon sound

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the rollers thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, oh, we will go
Privateering, yoh, oh, ho
Privateering, we will go
Yoh, oh, ho


The people on your man-'o-war
Are treated worse than scum
I'm no floggin' captain
And by God I've sailed with some
Come with me to Barbary
We'll ply there up and down
Not quite exactly
In the service of the Crown

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the rollers thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, oh, we will go
Privateering, yoh, oh, ho
Privateering, we will go
Yoh, oh, ho

Lookee there's my privateer
She's small but she can sting
Licensed to take prizes
With a letter from the king
I love the streets and taverns
Of a pretty foreign town
I tip my hat to the dark eyed ladies
As we sally up and down

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the rollers thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, oh, we will go
Privateering, yoh, oh, ho
Privateering, we will go
Yoh, oh, ho

Britannia needs her privateers
Each time she goes to war
Death to all her enemies
Though prizes matter more
Come with me to Barbary
We'll ply there up and down
Not quite exactly
In the service of the Crown

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the rollers thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, oh, we will go
Privateering, yoh, oh, ho
Privateering, we will go
Yoh, oh, ho

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