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Traditional
  1. There were two lofty ships from old England came,
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    One was the Prince of Luther, and the other Prince of Wales,
    Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.
  2. 'A-loft there, a-loft!' our jolly boatswain cried,
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    Look ahead, look astern, look a-weather, look a-lee,
    Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.
  3. 'There's naught upon the stern, there is naught upon the lee'
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    'But there's a lofty ship to windward, a-sailing fast and free'
    Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.
  4. 'I'm not a man-o-war, nor a privateer,.' said he,
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    'But I am a salt-sea pirate, a-looking for my prey'.
    Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.
  5. Oh, 'Twas to broadside a long time we lay,
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    Until the Prince of Luther shot the pirate's masts away,
    Cruising down along the coast of High Barbary.
  6. 'Oh, mercy, oh mercy' those pirates then did cry,
    Blow high, blow low, and so sailed we,
    But the mercy that we gave them- we sunk them in the sea,
    Down along the coast of High Barbary.