Joseph Arthur - Coast Of High Barbary Lyrics




There were two lofty ships
From old England came
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
One was the Prince of Luther
And the other Prince of Wales
Cruisin' down the coast of High Barbary

"Aloft there, aloft "
Our jolly bosun cried
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
"Look ahead, look astern
Look the weather look a-lee"
Look down the coast of High Barbary

"There's naught upon the stern
There's naught upon our lee
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
But there's a lofty ship to wind'ard
An' she's sailin' fast and free"
Down along the coast of High Barbary

"Oh hail her, oh hail her"
Our gallant captain cried
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
"Are you a man-o-war
A privateer, a merchant ship?" cried he
Cruisin' down the coast of High Barbary

"I am not a man-o-war
A privateer," said he
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
"But I am a salt sea pirate
A-looking for me fee"
Down along the coast of High Barbary

For Broadside, for broadside
A long time we lay
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
Until the Prince of Luther
Shot the pirate's mast away
Down along the coast of High Barbary

"For quarter, for quarter"
The pirates they did cry
Blow high, blow low
And so sail we
But the answer that we gave them
We sunk them in the sea
Cruisin' down the coast of High Barbary

Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary
Cruisin' down along the coast of High Barbary





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  1. Patrick Humphrey

    here were two lofty ships
    From old England came
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    One was the Prince of Luther
    And the other Prince of Wales
    Cruisin' down the coast
    Of High Barbary

    Aloft there, aloft
    Our jolly bosun cried
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    Look ahead, look astern,
    Look the weather look a-lee"
    Look down the coast
    Of High Barbary

    There's naught upon the stern,
    There's naught upon our lee
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    But there's a lofty ship to wind'ard
    An' she's sailin' fast and free
    Down along the coast
    Of High Barbary

    Oh hail her, oh hail her
    Our gallant captain cried
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    Are you a man-o-war
    A privateer, a merchant ship? cried he
    Cruisin' down the coast
    Of High Barbary

    I am not a man-o-war,
    A privateer," said he
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    But I am a salt sea pirate
    A-looking for me fee
    Down along the coast
    Of High Barbary

    For Broadside, for broadside
    A long time we lay
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    Until the Prince of Luther
    Shot the pirate's mast away
    Down along the coast
    Of High Barbary

    For quarter, for quarter
    The pirates they did cry
    Blow high, blow low
    And so sail we
    But the answer that we gave them
    We sunk them in the sea
    Cruisin' down the coast
    Of High Barbary

    Cruisin' down along the coast
    Of High Barbary

    Cruisin' down along the coast
    of High Barbary

  2. Eathquakes

    The US Navy Band does a remarkably similar version...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P30WjkNMruk

  3. TheDustysix

    I have been drinking when I found this.

    mark grice

    Arr ..be that Rum you drinkin me old shippers?

  4. DrinksforGEEKS Hammer & Ax

    This is a great version love it.

  5. Rob Kay

    Fabulously eccentric version of this shanty: well done all !

  6. bdodkin

    Setting out on a Norfolk Broads holiday, my (allegedly) grown up son put this on the boats cd player and did an appropriate dance. Etched in my memory forever!

  7. Arne Nemo

    well, mostly Am and G, as far as i see. The Bass-Tones are A, E, G and A again for the basslick.

  8. Arne Nemo

    this song ist so damn nice, and gladly i'm a baritone :)

  9. Arne Nemo

    awesome!

  10. fluffypinkwarrior828

    Absolutely love it. Wake of the Lorelei Lee <3

  11. Abigail Carroll

    This song is fun to sing ... considering I'm a girl.

    Josh Lubs

    Abigail Carroll what does that have to do with anything?

  12. Dartwith

    A sea shanty sung in Hell.

  13. Ben Clark

    The album cover shown is the cd I first heard this on. Great compilation.

  14. forcesofattraction

    @Ockette, Yeah I know, you just don't hear of pirates on the Med anymore, I did say it was strange.

  15. Ockette

    @forcesofattraction Heh. Wrong side of the Red Sea.

  16. forcesofattraction

    I can hear this when the somalian pirate news stories are broadcast, strangely.

  17. SpiralsOfWhite (Lawrence)

    Thanks for posting, I love this whole album.