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The Bold Privateer (2) O, my dearest Molly, It's you and I must part I'm going across the sea, my love I leave with you my heart O who will go with me? O who will go with me? O who will go with me, my love I'm going across the sea. The ship now is waiting So fare you well, my dear I'm going on board the vessel A bold privateer. O my dearest Johnny Great dangers have been wrought And many a sweet life On the sea has been lost. You'd better stay at home With the girl that loves you dear, Than venture your sweet life A bold privateer. O my dearest Molly Your friends do me dislike, Besides you have two brothers That would freely take my life. Come change your ring with me, my dear, Come change your ring with me, And that shall be your token When I'm across the sea. And when this war is ended Should heaven spare my life, I return home To my intended wife. So soon I'll get married To charming Molly dear, And then forever bid adieu To the bold privateer. From English Folksongs from the Southern Appalachians, Sharp Collected from Mrs. Mary F. Gross, VA 1918 DT #486 Laws O32 RG
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