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I've cut my hair and donned my father's coat
The only dowry that he left for me
And silently I've left my mother's house
To seek a life worth living on the sea

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On the sea, my sisters, with a sloop for a home
The shore life is a poor life
Come with me and roam

The recruiter thinks that I'm a cabin boy
He signs me up for 15 pence a week*
"A private lad!" they tease me in the hold
They never see the secret that I keep

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Around the world we sail and trade and steal
We fight for those who can afford to pay
An English sailor's knife and loaded gun
Will match a Spanish soldier any day

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Now, bards sing songs of woman buccaneers
Who follow husbands bravely out to sea
I need no man to lead me toward the mast
I've chosen this life for the love of me

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- copyright Loretta K. Scott, 2007

*I checked, this is a fairly accurate wage for the 16th century
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