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A-F G-O P-Z Christmas
The Coast of High Barbary
(Traditional, altered lyrics by David Ruffin)

There were two lofty ships, from Old England came
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
One we´ll call sweet Sally, the other Margery
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

"Ahoy there, Ahoy there." Me jolly mate he called
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
Are you prepared for boarding or is there now a fee
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

"Now tell us are ye navy boys come lately from the sea?"
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
I say, "We are two pirates bold some pleasure here to see."
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

Then Sally turns and says,"My dear, it´s pirates should we flee?"
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
"I think they´re worth an hour or two." replies dear Margery
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

We trailed ´em to an alley dark, with no one there to see
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
Where they knocked us on our noggins and stole our currency
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

We woke up on that pirate ship and it was far to sea
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
Where we was pressed as pirates, sir, they would not set us free
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

And now we´re captured, brought to trial, accused of Piracy
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
But we was really shanghai´d by these daring Libertines
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary

It´s to our homes we wish to go, our lonely wives to see
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
Their names you ask your honor? Oh, Sally and Margery!
A sailing down along the coast of High Barbary


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