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The Female Smuggler


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O come list a while, and you shall hear
By the rolling sea lived a maiden fair
Her father had followed the smuggling trade
Like a war-like hero
Like a warlike hero that never was afraid

Now, in sailor's clothing young Jane did go
Dressed like a sailor from top to toe
Her aged father was the only care
O this female smuggler
Of this female smuggler who never did despair

With her pistols loaded she went aboard
And by her side hung a glittering sword
In her belt two daggers well armed for war
Was this female smuggler
Was this female smuggler who never feared a scar

Now they had not sailed far from the land
When a strange sail brought them to a stand.
'These are sea robbers this maid did cry
'But the female smuggler
But the female smuggler will conquer or will die

Alongside then this strange vessel came
Cheer up,' cried Jane we will board the same
We'll run all chances to rise or fall
Cried this female smuggler
Cried this female smuggler who never feared a ball

Now they killed those pirates and took their store
And soon returned to old Eng-a-land's shore
With a keg of brandy she walked along
Did this female smuggler
Did this female smuggler and sweetly sang a song

Now they were followed by the blockade
Who in irons strong did put this fair maid
But when they brought her for to be tried
This young female smuggler
This young female smuggler stood dressed like a bride

Their commodore against her appeared
And for her life she did greatly fear
When he did find to his great surprise
'Twas a female smuggler
'Twas a female smuggler had fought him in disguise

He to the judge and the jury said
'I cannot prosecute this maid
Pardon for her on my knees I crave
For this female smuggler
For this female smuggler so valiant and so brave

Then this commodore to her father went
To gain her hand he asked his consent.
His consent he gained so the commodore
And the female smuggler
And the female smuggler are one for evermore.

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.