Ho, to the Lady

Music by Rob Griffin, lyrics by Craig Nybo

I met her on the Cayman coast with russet lochs of curls.
Her eyes were black as pearls from the aisles.
She had a little parasol and dainty colored jewels.
A sweet November smell and pretty smiles.

We walked the beaches hand in hand like bastions of the shore.
We scattered shells and kicked the frothing foam.
And then one day the bosun called I walked out of her door.
I promised I would come back to her home.

Ho to the lady with the North Star in her eye.
‘Tis a long time since I’ve touched her silky skin.
I’m bound to the capstan and my duty’s to the sea.
I’ll keep a steady eye and sturdy chin.

The island girl with olive skin brought sojourn to my mind.
As I faced my duty to the ship and crew.
We cut across the Spanish main and hauled up in a burg.
We looted, raped and robbed till we were through.

We fought the fight of honor and we left the village razed.
We took our prize in silver and doubloons.
We cast off from the mainland but our bounty caught the eye,
Of a swarthy privateers man and his crew.

Ho to the lady with the North Star in her eye.
‘Tis a long time since I’ve touched her silky skin.
I’m bound to the capstan and my duty’s to the sea.
I’ll keep a steady eye and sturdy chin.

They caught us in a backwind and they sounded off their guns,
Their bold bow-chasers sent the grape afly.
They clipped our messin’ mast and splinters cut through skin and bone.
They boarded and I let my cutlass fly.

I gashed the skin of many and I slitted heart and throat.
I waged a wicked brawl or so they said.
But they locked me down in irons and they threw me to the sharks.
But I couldn’t get this song out of my head.

Ho to the lady with the North Star in her eye.
‘Tis a long time since I’ve touched her silky skin.
I’m bound to the capstan and my duty’s to the sea.
I’ll keep a steady eye and sturdy chin.

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