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Harbourmaster's Daughter

from Left with the Skies by Yellowbelly

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I lost my heart to a harbourmaster’s daughter
Who said she’d keep herself safe from the Barbary Corsairs
So I signed up for 3 years on the water
And when I came home she was long long gone
The innkeeper said that we were raided once again
And the harbourmaster’s daughter well she’s taken or she’s slain
So I stowed away with a sabre and a musket
In a barrel on a sloop bound for Tunis I was gone

The powder monkey found me and the crew they hauled me out
They were all afeared of the Barbary Corsairs
And when my tale was done the captain gave a shout
Promised me his cannons, ship and crew to track her down
so we put into Tunis, laid out florins for a guide
Who saw which men had veracity and which told barefaced lies
We greased a lot of palms and the alleys all were blind
A ragged beggar let it slip that my love was alive

At night we stormed the palace and we overcame the guards
The eunuchs in the harem of the Barbary Corsairs
But that lass was not among them and so beaten lost and scarred
We turned tail and fled not knowing where next to turn
Then a voice called out to me and stopped me in my tracks
Saying you knew I’d keep myself safe until my man came back
But the hard cold life of a harbourmaster’s daughter
Cannot brook comparison with marauding on the waves

So I became the husband of the harbourmaster’s daughter
Joined the thieving and the plunder of the Barbary Corsairs
Silver wine and grain the merchants sailed across the water
We stole them all with pleasure and we lived a life that knew no care
Until the day the English blew our ship to smithereens
Clamped us both in irons and now I tell you what it means
To win the hand and the heart
Of the harbourmasters daughter
Who’ll swing with me together at the rising of the sun


from Left with the Skies, released May 1, 2017
Copyright Lawrence Davies


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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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