Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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212         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
That he should go roaming all o'er the salt sea To maintain his two brothers and he.
3   They hadn't been sailing but a week or ten days When a ship they did espy,
A ship which came sailing far off and far on, And at length it came sailing so nigh.
4    "Who are you? Who are you?" cried Andrew Bretan, "Who are you and where are you bound?"
"We are the rich merchants from old England, Will you please for to let us pass by?"
5   "O no, O no," cried Andrew Bretan, "Such a thing could never be;
Your ship and your cargo we'll take all away And your jolly crew drown in the sea."
6   "Go build me a ship," cried Captain James Stuart, "Go build it strong and sure,
And if I don't bring in that Andrew Bretan My life shall no longer endure."
7   They hadn't been sailing but a week or ten days When a ship they did espy,
A ship which came sailing far off and far on, And at length it came sailing so nigh.
8   "Who are you? Who are you?" cried Captain James Stuart, "Who are you, and where are you bound?"
"We are the Scotch robbers from old Scotland, Would you please for to let us pass by?"
9   "O no, O no," cried Captain James Stuart, "Such a thing could never be,
Your ship and your cargo we'll take all away, And your jolly crew drown in the sea."
io "Come on, come on," cried Andrew Bretan, "We fear you not a pin. You show us bright brass without, without, We'll show you bright steel within."







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