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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

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from Brides Of Tortuga, released October 26, 2016
Composed & Arranged by Keith Adams
Lyrics by Zach Yarosz
Vocals arranged by Greg Bowen

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