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Lyr ADD: Lily of Barbary (Pete Scrowther)

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Gwenzilla 12 May 08 - 08:41 AM
Peace 12 May 08 - 10:17 AM
Chris Green 12 May 08 - 03:45 PM
mandotim 13 May 08 - 08:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Lily of Barbary
From: Gwenzilla
Date: 12 May 08 - 08:41 AM

A friend is looking for accurate lyrics to Pete Scrowther's Lily of Barbary, as done by PJ Wright, among others. Online sources or text lyrics would be great. :-)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Barbary
From: Peace
Date: 12 May 08 - 10:17 AM

I was not able to locate lyrics. Just CDs they are on (the lyrics that is).

It might help if you could post a few lines from the song.

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Subject: ADD: Lily of Barbary (Pete Scrowther)
From: Chris Green
Date: 12 May 08 - 03:45 PM

Here you go! A cracking song from a cracking songwriter.


(Pete Scrowther)

Just a cabin boy on a Whitby trader - Mediterranean Sea,
Bound for Malta's strand
The 15th day of June 1680,
The day my second life began
We were caught and boarded by a Moorish galley,
The battle short, the outcome clear
My shipmates died in pain, only I was spared
And sold in a market in Algiers

They say the fates of men are written on the wind - no-one knows where they may blow
I was taken in chains by a Barbary corsair - it was in Barbary I found my Lily fair.

But luck was with me, I found a kindly master -
Learned to serve him and I served him well
And with my new name, clothes and language,
I thought little of my homeland, truth to tell
And when my master died his testament did free me,
With a gift of gold besides
I became a merchant, a man of consequence,
With everything a rich man's life provides

Then one day in the slaver's market, wide-eyed and trembling,
There among the goods on show
A frightened Cornish girl, snatched from hearth and home,
And pity in my heart did overflow
So I sent for gold and I bought her freedom,
Gave her shelter in my home
And in a few short weeks, love between us grew,
From each other's side we swore we'd never roam

But she missed her home, she missed her family,
Missed the deep green hills of England's shore
So I knew I must leave my home of twenty years,
For I couldn't live without her anymore
Now before the wind, bound for northern waters,
Watching Barbary's coast subside
Though no man may know just what the future holds,
I'll sail with Lily by my side

Pete Scrowther 2004

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Barbary
From: mandotim
Date: 13 May 08 - 08:54 AM

Chris is being far too self-effacing; Isambarde (including Chris) do a fabulous version of this song on their third CD 'Barnstorming', available here

Recording: (valid as of March 2024)

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