Song of the Pirate Chief


(From “The Pirates of Pooilvaash”)

Arbory girls are bonny

But none so fair as she

Who lives at Ballaglonney

And has a saucy e’e.

She is a smuggler’s daughter,

And I a pirate bold.

For her I sail the water

And seek the buried gold.


Arbory men are stupid,

But none more so than he

Who is her father.  Cupid

Will rob his nursery.

He smuggles rum and brandy

And hides them out of sight;

The cave I know is handy

So I helps meself at night.


And if I take his booty,

As fits a pirate true,

It plainly is my duty

To take his daughter too.

If Arbory men were clever,

And them from Kirk Malew,

Search as they might they’d never

Of me and mine find clue !


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