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Bold and Jolly Pirate

Written/Posted by mike gregory

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Size: 3,042kb, uploaded 11/29/2007 10:16:40 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

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Sunday Hymn Time

Wrote this when I was really frustrated by all the stuff going on at once. Job dissatisfaction, financial woes, and my son being psychologically abused by his stepfather.



11 comments on “Bold and Jolly Pirate”

Greg Connor Says:
Monday, March 24, 2008 @4:32:01 PM

This is a great song Mike!  Thank you for directing me to it.

joemac Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @8:30:48 AM

Thanks Mike, great song......Joe

Yopparai Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @8:40:43 AM

If I had a hat like yours, you can bet it would be off to you, sir! That is a great song. I may have to start a campaign to get you to record a CD of your original tunes.

muntjac Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @11:39:56 AM

enjoyed this one Mike .........Thanks .....Ian

Janna Says:
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @4:43:21 PM

Great song! I don't understand all the words but it sounds great for me!

mike gregory Says:
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @5:07:23 PM

Here are the lyrics, and I'll send an explanation of the poetry to Janna, as well as to anyone who requests claification.

1. Like a bold and jolly pirate,
With my crossbone flag unfurled
I left my little village, set to pillage all the world.
Seeking only treasure, and what pleasure there might be,
I never thought to check a chart,
Of the perils of the sea.



And I can’t keep my shiP together,
In this storm I’m going through.
I can’t fix it up with strings or tapes,
Or even Crazy Glue.
I can’t hold the wheel to an even keel,
Or turn her hard about.
I know that water’s running in,
And time is running out.

2. Sailing out on summer oceans, I saw only sunny skies.
I forgot whatever’s born to life,
Just lives until it dies.
Thinking storm clouds wouldn’t affect me, I did not prepare for rain,
Until things went from bad to worse, from worse to hurricane.

(Chorus)

3. I sailed on through forty winters, and I fought on through the cold.
And I’ll tell you what I got from all those winters:
I got OLD!
Now mermaids swim by to the other guys,
With a wiggle and a wink,
And they don’t care if this old pirate
Drops into the drink.

(CHORUS)

4. Now I try to warn the youngsters
Of the perils of the sea.
And show them all the scars I got, to map my misery.
But they’re still on shore, so they ignore
The facts I clearly state.
And I do fear that I shall hear them shout,
When it’s too late---
(Chorus)

brokenstrings Says:
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @10:12:26 PM

For a cry of despair, this is more than a little comical.

mike gregory Says:
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @9:20:10 AM

I figured I may as well laugh at my misfortune. At the time, I'm sure that some other people probably were.
But, yes, despair.

Frisco Fred Says:
Thursday, December 2, 2010 @7:52:06 AM

It's this kinda' S$#t, that gives the pain, that drives the mind, that writes its down....Then take a break, come back... And kill the clown.

figmo59 Says:
Monday, December 27, 2010 @7:18:42 AM

well worth the wait on dial up!

great job MIKE

mike gregory Says:
Monday, October 10, 2011 @5:57:21 AM

Lyrics /w Chords

1. Like a [C] bold and jolly pirate,
With my [Dm]crossbone flag unfurled
I [G]left my little [G7] village, set to[C] pillage all the world.
[C]Seeking only treasure, and what [Dm]pleasure there might be,
I [G]never thought to [G7] check a chart,
Of the[C] perils of the sea.



[C7]And I can’t [F] keep my shiP together,
In this [C]storm I’m going through.
I can’t [G]fix it up with [G7] strings or tapes,
Or [C]even Crazy Glue.
[C7]I can’t [F]hold the wheel to an even keel,
Or [C]turn her hard about.
I [G]know that water’s running in,
And [G7] time is running [C]out.

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