Barrett’s Privateers

Canadian Drinking Songs

FREE Barrett’s Privateers Sheet Music!



This Canadian Drinking Song is best sung a capella in a group. The first line of each verse is called out by a lead singer and the group responds with “How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now!” Sherbrooke is a city in southern Quebec.

Lyrics

O, the year was 1778.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
A letter of marque came from the king
To the scummiest vessel I’ve ever seen.

CHORUS:
God damn them all.
I was told we’d cruise the seas for American gold.
We’d fire no guns, shed no tears.
Now I’m a broken man on a Halifax pier,
The last of Barrett’s Privateers.

O, Elcid Barrett cried the town
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
For twenty brave men all fishermen who
Would make for him the Antelope’s crew

CHORUS:

The Antelope sloop was a sickening sight.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
She’d list to the port and her sails in rags.
And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers & jags.

CHORUS:

On the King’s birthday we put to sea.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
Ninety-one days to Montego Bay,
Pumping like madmen all the way

CHORUS:

On the ninety-sixth day we sailed again.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
When a great big Yankee hove in sight.
With our cracked four-pounders we made to fight

CHORUS:

The Yankee lay low down with gold.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
She was broad and fat and loose in stays.
But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days.

CHORUS:

Then, at length she stood two cables away.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
Our cracked four-pounders made awful din.
But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in.

CHORUS:

The Antelope shook and pitched on her side.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
Barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs
And the main truck carried off both me legs.

CHORUS:

Now, here I lay in my twenty-third year.
[How I wish I was in Sherbrooke, now!]
It’s been six years since we sailed away.
And I just made Halifax yesterday.

CHORUS:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.