Bold Privateer (The)
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BOLD PRIVATEER, THE. English, Air (4/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song [Roud 1000], printed on late 18th and 19th century songsheets and in songster collections, has various sets of words, set to various airs. The following words were collected by Frank Kidson from a Mr. Lolley, who picked it up in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Kidson thought it dated to the first or second decade of the 19th century.
Oh! fare you well, my Polly dear, since you and I must part,
In crossign of the seas, my love, I'll pledge to you my heart;
For our ship she now lies waiting, so fare you well, my dear:
For I just now am going aboard of a bold privateer.
She said my dearest Jemmy, I hope you will forbear,
And do not leave your Polly in grief and despair;
You'd better stay at home with the girl you love so dear,
Then venture on the seas your life in a bold privateer.
X:1 T:Bold Privateer M:C L:1/8 R:Air B:Kidson - Traditional Tunes (1891, p. 101) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C G2|F3E D2C2|c3d e2d2|c3d c2 (BA)|G4 z2 (AG)| F2E2D2C2|E3F G2 (FE)|F2E2 C2C2|C4 z2||G G| F3 E D2C2|(c3d) e2d2|c3d d2 (BA)|G4 z2 (AG)| F2E2D2C2|E3F G2 F E |(F2E2)C2C2|C4 z2||
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