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The Coast of High Barbary

This song is by The Almanac Singers and appears on the album Deep Sea Chanteys and Whaling Ballads (1941) and on the compilation American Roots: A History of American Folk Music (1999).

There were two lofty ships from Old England came
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
One was the Prince of Luther and the other Prince of Wales
Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary

"Aloft there, aloft," our jolly boatswain cried...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
"Look ahead, look astern, look the weather, look a lee.".
Look down along the coast of High Barbary

"There's naught upon the stern, there is naught upon the lee...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
But there's a lofty ship to windward, she's sailing fast and free.".
Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary

"Oh hail her, oh hail her," our gallant captain cried...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
"Are you a man of war or privateer or merchant ship?" said he...
Down along the coast of High Barbary

"I am not a man of war or privateer," said he...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
"But I'm a salt sea pirate a-lookin' for my fee.".
Down along the coast of High Barbary

For broadside, for broadside a long time we lay...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
Until the Prince of Luther shot the pirate's mast away...
Down along the coast of High Barbary

For quarter, for quarter those pirates then did cry...
Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we
But the answer that we gave them, we sunk them in the sea
Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary
Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary

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