Brides Of Tortuga

by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

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released October 26, 2016

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Track Name: Mary & Lott
LOTT
You’ve had small freedoms
Tiny dirt inn, hidden life,
Pretty cage to look out of

How long before a crew conscripted you
Sent you to a brigand’s isle
To serve a corsair’s carnal cravings

I could never give you freedom, Mary
That is your choice alone
I offer you the chance
To be part of something more

Under whatever god you call to,
Whatever court you look to,
I’ll not see my sisters as cargo
Are we at odds in this?

Always there will be consequence
Cause and effect, tide in... tide out
All for the better

MARY
But what more is out there?
What more to discover?
Does the ocean await me
Like a destined lover?

I’ve only ever fought against the tide
Here are women who will fight for me,
By my side
I long to escape
But not to forget myself
Track Name: Brides Of Tortuga
LOTT
For we’ll be the brides of no one,
Promised to none
No longer in shadows, we shine in the sun,
For we are the brides of no one,
Engaged to the sea
Drop fear, raise courage,
Come sail on with me

For we are the brides of no one,
Let’s raise up our guns
Raise sails! Pull anchor! Lash rails!
We’ll be the brides of no one

ENSEMBLE
Heave ho, we’re bound for Tortuga
Taut sails and fair winds,
We’re bound for Tortuga
Load cannons, hone blades,
W’re bound for Tortuga
Hey little Filles, feel free, take the ride
We’re bound for Tortuga

LOTT
But we’ll be no one’s brides

MARY
Neptune does beckon,
My reluctance does wane
That old life is passing like
Suds down the drain
I’ll be the claim of no one, to work ‘til I die
Embrace salt-lifted air and
Hear sea eagles cry
Trade toil for life: I’d have thought it insane
To pull up my stakes and feel freedom again

ALL
Heave ho, we’re bound for Tortuga
Taut sails and fair winds,
We’re bound for Tortuga
Load cannons, hone blades,
We’re bound for Tortuga
Hey little Fille, feel free, take the ride
We’re bound for Tortuga

LOTT
Yeeeeeaaaaaaooowww! Come on, look alive, No dreams unfulfilled
Hey! You force my hand
The blood will be spilled
Fortune be damned and
The damned hold their own
We’ll rage hell and high water
But not do it alone

I’ll be the lightning if you will be my thunder
Break hearts and break jaws
And tear their evil asunder

ALL SING
Heave ho, we’re bound for Tortuga
Taut sails and fair winds,
We’re bound for Tortuga
Load cannons, hone blades,
We’re bound for Tortuga
Hey little Fille, feel free, take the ride
We’re bound for Tortuga

LOTT
Inspired vengeance be our guide

We’ll be the brides of no one,
Promised to none
No longer in shadows, we shine in the sun
For we are the brides of no one,
Engaged to the sea
Drop fear and raise courage, no complacency
For we are the brides of no one,
Let’s raise up our guns
Pull anchor, raise sails

ALL
We are the brides of no one
No longer in shadows we shine in the sun
Engaged to the sea but be wedded to no one
Drop fear and raise courage; sail on with me
Untethered and loose we’ll set ourselves free
For we are the brides of no one,
Lets raise up our guns

LOTT
Raise up the sails! pull anchor!
Let fly that bloody banner

ALL
Tortuga here we come!
Track Name: Symbol Of Anarchy
LOUIS
Do the nobles rise against me again,
Conspire behind my back?
Do they take my orders
With false enthusiasm,
Sabotage the crown with slack?

What has happened to our crew?
What has happened to my brides of Tortuga?
My friend, do you know this churl?
How is it you know a pirate girl?

JOHN
I know this woman
But how could this be?
I thought her dead or fled
Not in France, free

Charlotte was a rebel
A real fighting devil
She was a general
In the army against the monarchy

I must track her down
There’s no telling what she’ll do
I must dispose of this
Symbol of anarchy

Our families were close once
I remember meals and evening balls
We even danced once
A lifetime ago, I hardly remember at all

The Fronde, the civil war
Proved our alliance to be no more
She and hers proved to be your enemies,
My king
Parliamentarians, revolutionaries
Lott, always spirited,
Always fighting, always struggling
To her injustice was everywhere
In the very air we breathe

She never had respect for law
Or for the fabric of society
She does not love our nation at all
A more dangerous woman there couldn’t be

This attack is too much
For this, by my hand, she’ll bleed
I swear to you my glorious liege
The brides’ escape shall not succeed

I know this woman
And I know who she used to be
I know this woman
Leave her to me
Track Name: In Clotho's Grip
I should not have saved her
From her rebellion’s backlash
My plans for our future
Now fizzled all to ash

I cannot protect you, Charlotte
You’ve sealed your fate already
Your own path turns your wake scarlet
I’ll follow you true and steady

Now I correct my mistake for the crown
Though after the deed my soul may be bereft
Let us drink while her petty crew drown
Then bellies full slaughter what’s left
Track Name: Let Chaos Be My Savior
The navy has caught me
So far from my goal
The hounds nip at my heels
And grow more bold

What hope have I
With a crew full of girls
When what I need are women
Hardened against the world

They still hope for better lives
Think their futures are pure
I know the truth:
This ends in war

Hell all around me
The noose tightens
Let chaos be my savior

I could have stayed comforted
Surrounded by wealth
Cultured and fed
Kept in good health

But the power is there
For the men to all hoard
So I traded out my tool
Silver spoon for a sword

I did it for them!
Or did I do it to gloat?
Have I sailed to bright future?
Or slit my own throat?

Hell all around me
The noose tightens
Let chaos be my savior

I made myself an oath
I saw the evil of the Fronde
France tore itself apart
For petty, greedy concerns

No change or good can come from the wheel
Of one elite after the other
This I swore I would reveal,
Dismantle and destroy

Now they turn against me
Fight not for causes but their lives
Petty, ignored, insignificant
It’s a legend that survives!

If I cannot be a warlord
Let me be a totem
This ship shall burn
And in its burning send a message

Hell all around me
The noose tightens
Let chaos be my savior
Track Name: Hell Or High Water
LOTT
Shout, shout and rise up to my song
Cry with the wind, the dawn is breaking
It’s our time to stand and be strong
Ready the cannon, our hope is waking

This is our time, crack jaws and break spines
Heave-ho to the mark, this is our time.
Hell itself will fear us Brides!

Come hell or high water
I’ll be Poseidon’s daughter
To life and to freedom, or drown in the deep
Come hell or high water
I give my life to slaughter
Raise tempest, raise storm,
This is our day to keep

Take land and take sea
But they’ll not take me

ALL
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
This is our time

LOTT
Shout to the sky, shout to the sea
Cry with the wind, the dawn is breaking
Screaming sirens, wailing banshee,
Follow me down, the earth is shaking

This is our time, all hold the line
I’ll swear my word, and my bloody mind
Hell itself will fear us Brides!

ALL
THIS. IS. OUR... TIME!

Come hell or high water,
I’ll be Poseidon’s daughter
To life and to freedom, or drown in the deep
Come hell or high water
I give my life to the slaughter
Raise tempest, raise storm,
This is my day to keep

Take land and take sea
But they’ll not take me
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
This is our time!

MARY
Are our lives to be forfeit
With purpose undone
A victory song rapt solely in death
This is not the freedom of which I dreamed
You rage and you holler unto the gods
Whose deaf ears will harken not
No matter how loud the screams

I’ll not have us made martyrs
Stick close to me all
We’ll fight our way to a life boat
A blaze of glory is what she’ll have
I’ll have none of it.
We fight to live today

Will you go off to settle a score,
Dying to save the captain’s pride
Do you know what you’re fighting for,
Where is the honor in suicide?

This ain’t the freedom she promised to me
Brave and strong though you all may be
It’s never a good day to die!

For you I’ll hang my head.

LOTT
Mary! Will you fight!?

MARY
For you I’ll hang my head
I’ll hang my head for you
But not into the brine
And not upon a noose

LOTT
Will you fight!?

MARY
I will fight for the Filles
I will fight for the boy
I will fight for our crew
I will fight for our lives!

LOTT
Mary?!

MARY
I will fight for all these things
But I WILL NOT FIGHT TO DIE!


ALL
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
Come hell or high water
This is our time
Come hell or high water

LOTT
On these seas I’ll rage (Come hell or high water)

MARY
I will fight to save (Come hell or high water)

LOTT
No quarter given (Come hell or high water)

MARY
A life worth living! (Come hell or high water)

ALL
Take land and take sea, but you’ll not take me!
Track Name: Pirate Brides
MARY
A wound festers in my heart
Stabbed by the unkind.
The unkind who cared
Who hate

What’s left to love?
What more to try?
The priest is shown true sin
Only to turn a blind eye

Fortunate offspring with unfortunate tastes.
An unfortunate friend with a fortified heart
And mind of hate.

Crack spines, break jaws?
Just as she tried
The bloody world trimmed her claws

Do I resign myself to loathing
To endure this bitter place
With constant battle, crimson blade
Clenched jaw and bated breath?

Do I stay a specter, unseen by all
Resolve to toil
Indentured or worse
Turn a cheek
Accept fate?

MARY
Shall failure and sadness be her only marker?
Dashed hopes of evening the score
Conflicting wants, needs,
Lusts, morals, greeds
Noble of mind and noble of birth
Such an idea smacks of mirth

CECILIA
And what of you, sweet soul?
Buggered and abused
Condemned to become
What caused your grief.
Such a brief glimpse into what life could be

TABIR
Yet pruned before the branch
Had time to split.
In this world what was our drop in the bucket
But a tear in ocean?
Salt begat Salt

MARY
You sweet soul
Would I have raised you weak?
Would you have grown to fear
And believe in love,
Love of friends, in the beauty of life?
And the kindness in men

No. No mother, no barmaid, no bride am I
No Fille, no school marm, no slave am I
No privateer am I
For king and country? For death or glory?
How shall I etch my story?

No more marks or papers
Just my own wits and rapiers
No more god or king or country,
We’ll make our own
Come lass, come lady,
The seeds of life are sown
She shall not have died in vain
He shall not have died in vain

But sparked the madness in our brains
How shall I etch my story?

I will make it pyrate
I will make it gory!
For WE are the brides of no one!

Let’s load a bag of troubles
And toss it to the wind
Hike up our skirts, lick our wounds
And just begin again

We’ll flag a ship a-passing,
They’ll find us strewn about
Then we’ll slit their throats and take the boat
And drive the bastards out

For once again we’ll do this,
Then one more time again
Then one more time and one more time,
Because this will never end

Let’s hoist a rag my darlings,
The blackest you can find
Cross my heart
No hope to die
The world will fear us brides

When death is at the table,
Faced with cards of sin
You gotta bluff a dead man’s hand
Or you will never win

But don’t hide away your sorrow,
Don’t bury down the past
We’ll scream our pride
For those who died
With every cannon’s blast

ALL
For once again we’ll do this,
Then one more time again
Then one more time and one more time,
Because this will never end

Let’s hoist a rag my darlings,
The blackest you can find
Cross my heart
No hope to die
The world will fear us brides

MARY
Let’s load a bag of troubles
And toss it to the wind
Hike up our skirts, lick our wounds
And just begin again

It’s a riot on the sea, and a riot in our hearts
And every tragic ending
Just becomes another start
When you’ve gone old and grey,
And your eyes ‘n’ hearing give
You can tell your fat old tom cat
You saw Mary fucking live
ALL
For this time we’ll do this,
Then one more time again
Then one more time and one more time,
Because this will never end

Let’s hoist a rag my darlings,
The blackest you can find
Cross my heart
No hope to die
The world will fear us brides

We’ll love the world to pieces
And do it from the seas
Because I refuse to have my view
Be only from my knees

We’ll hoist that flag before us,
On the tallest mast we find
Then make a date
To obliterate
For we’re the Pyrate Brides

WE ARE THE PYRATE BRIDES