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Lyr Req: The King of Prussia

GUEST,Singerdave 14 Apr 15 - 09:53 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,Singerdave
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 09:53 AM

Can anyone help with the lyrics to the above song by the late cornish lady, Brenda Wootton please.
First line :- Fresher Bay where I was born.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 11:33 AM

Where is Fresher Bay, svp? (I can find zero about the song.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: Megan L
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 12:24 PM

Found this on an old thread about the smuggler. Posted by Jim Dixon

1. Of Fresher(?) Cove where I was born a song I'll here begin
2. Me father is a smuggler bold and well do he ...
3. To land a cargo of the goods he never thought a sin
4. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
5. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in

6. John Carter is me father's name, the king of all his kin
7. He is an honest man and keeps his word through thick and thin
8. For mounted men and ... guard he doesn't give a pin
9. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
10. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in

11. Our locker is the Rose and Crown; we've locked her down from rain(?)
12. A double button(?) to her, she is snug as any bin
13. To see the kegs she brings from France 'twould make a donkey grin
14. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
15. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in

16. No mark of kegs nor sinking stone is ever seen within
17. Across the channel rough or smooth so sweetly do she spin
18. What joy me boys to land the goods nor lose a guilder kin
19. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
20. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in

21. We've friends galore along the shore; there's dear old Squire Prynn
22. And every farmer near or far ...
23. And Parson ... don't despise a case of ...
24. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
25. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in

26. For speed to all preventive spies from ... sands to ...
27. They'd saw a poor man's boat in half and joy to do him in
28. Why should they take the bread away we work so hard to win
29. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in
30. And 'tis my delight on a moonless night to run the cargo in


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: Megan L
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 12:26 PM

Not sure where the numbers came from might be this silly phone


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 12:40 PM

Thread Megan referred to at

thread.cfm?threadid=48684#734359


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 01:27 PM

Carters of Prussia Cove--info at Wikipedia


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 01:45 PM

Autobiography of a Cornish Smuggler by Harry Carter

It's on Project Gutenberg.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The King of Prussia
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 03:33 PM

Footnote 1 from the book--p 149 I think:

It is said that this name is derived from the fact that John Carter, a brother of Harry Carter, and the most famous of the smugglers, lived there. He was nicknamed the "King of Prussia," and the house in which he lived is still known as the "King of Prussia's House." The origin of this nickname is explained by a story that when they were all boys together, they used to play at soldiers, and John would always claim to be the King of Prussia. Clearly an echo of the fame of Frederick the Great had reached these boys about the time of the Seven Years' War.


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