Song 166: "High Barbary"

There were two lofty ships
From old England they set sail
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

One was the Prince of Luther
And the other Prince of Wales
All a-cruisin' down the coast
Of High Barbary

 
"Aloft there, aloft there"
Our jolly bosun cried
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

"Look ahead, look astern,
Look to win'ward an' a-lee"
All a-cruisin' down the coast
Of High Barbary

 
"There’s naught upon the stern, sir,
There’s naught upon our lee."
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

"But there’s a lofty ship to wind’ard
An' she’s sailin' fast and free."
All a-cruisin' down the coast
Of High Barbary

 
"Hail her, oh hail her!"
Our gallant captain cried
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

"Are you a man-o-war
Or a privateer?" cried he.
All a-cruisin' down the coast
Of High Barbary

 
"Oh, no I’m not a man-o-war
Nor privateer," said he,
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

"But I am salt sea pirate
All a-looking for me fee"
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

 
We rais'd the colors high
And we tacked our way to her
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

We ran up along aside 'em
An' a shootin' gap there were
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

Prince of Wales fired first
The cannonballs were freed
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

Reply it came in same
And each side began to bleed
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

For broadside, for broadside
A long time we lay
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

'Til at last the Prince of Luther
Shot the pirate's mast away
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

"Board them! Oh board them!"
The Captain he did cry
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

We rushed to man the decks
And to make them bloody die
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

With cutlass and with gun,
O we fought for hours three;
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

The ship it was their coffin
And their grave it was the sea.
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary

"Oh quarter, oh quarter!"
Those pirates they did plead
Blow high! Blow low!
And so sailed we.

But the quarter that we gave them
Was to sink 'em in the sea
All a-cruisin, down the coast
Of High Barbary