Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

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Maine Lumberjacks          119
18     The rice and coffee fields to hoe
Beneath the burning sun, To lead a long and wretched life Till their career was run.
19     And when our money it was all gone
We put to sea again. Then Captain Moore he came on board And said to us his men:
20     "There is gold and silver to be had
If with me you will remain: We will hoist aloft a pirate's flag And we'll scour the raging main."
21      We robbed and plundered many a ship
On the Spanish Main, And many's the widow and orphan child In sorrow must remain,
22     For we made their crews to walk the plank
And gave them a watery grave; For the saying of our captain was: "A dead man tells no tales."
23     At length to Newgate we were brought,
Bound down in iron chain, For robbing and plundering merchant ships Down on the Spanish Main.
24     It was drinking and bad company
That made this wretch of me, Now, let young men a warning take And a curse to piracy!

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