Toad in the Hole

July 02, 2005

OK, I Wanna Be a Pirate

What kind of pirate am I? You decide!
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And it's Way-hey! where the Red Queen reigns
From her throne upon the sea.
With the hot rum running in our veins
We will serve ye steel for tea!
With the black flag dancin' overhead
We will salt yer beef with flying lead
And ye'll regret that ev'r ye fed
At the board of Anne Bonney!

(Call that a broad hint.)

Posted at July 2, 2005 04:46 PM


Three Penny Opera - Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
Pirate Jenny's Song

You people can watch while I’m scrubbing these floors
And I’m scrubbin’ the floors while you’re gawking
Maybe once ya tip me and it makes ya feel swell
In this crummy southern town
In this crummy old hotel
But you’ll never guess to who you’re talkin’.
No. you couldn’t ever guess to who you’re talkin’.

Then one night there’s a scream in the night
And you’ll wonder who could that have been
And you see me kinda grinnin’ while I’m scrubbin’
And you say, what’s she got to grin?
I’ll tell you.

There’s a ship
The black freighter
With a skull on it’s masthead
Will be coming in

You gentlemen can say, hey gal, finish them floors!
Get upstairs! what’s wrong with you! earn your keep here!
You toss me your tips
And look out to the ships
But I’m counting your heads
As I’m making the beds
Cuz there’s nobody gonna sleep here, honey

Then one night there’s a scream in the night
And you say, who’s that kicking up a row?
And ya see me kinda starin’ out the winda
And you say, what’s she got to stare at now?
I’ll tell ya.

There’s a ship
The black freighter
Turns around in the harbor
Shootin’ guns from her bow

You gentlemen can wipe off that smile off your face
Cause every building in town is a flat one
This whole frickin’ place will be down to the ground
Only this cheap hotel standing up safe and sound
And you yell, why do they spare that one?
That’s what you say.
Why do they spare that one?

All the night through, through the noise and to-do
You wonder who is that person that lives up there?
And you see me stepping out in the morning
Looking nice with a ribbon in my hair

And the ship
The black freighter
Runs a flag up it’s masthead
And a cheer rings the air

By noontime the dock
Is a-swarmin’ with men
Comin’ out from the ghostly freighter
They move in the shadows
Where no one can see
And they’re chainin’ up people
And they’re bringin’ em to me
Askin’ me,
Kill them now, or later?
Askin’ me!
Kill them now, or later?

Noon by the clock
And so still by the dock
You can hear a foghorn miles away
And in that quiet of death
I’ll say, right now.
Right now!

Then they’ll pile up the bodies
And I’ll say,
That’ll learn ya!

And the ship
The black freighter
Disappears out to sea

Posted by: Emma G at July 11, 2005 01:46 AM

So.....This is one of the few sites that I've been able to acutally find the lyrics for Black you have any idea where I could find guitar chords?? If you do, cool beanie-o, if not, thanks anyway, and great site!

Posted by: Noelle at August 6, 2005 06:09 AM

Thanks for the thumbs-up and sorry, no chords here. You might search around some Berthold Brecht/Kurt Weill sites or books, even find it in the original German. Look for Threepenny Opera or Die Dreigroschenoper. If you can find a recording of Lotte Lenya as Pirate Jenny, give it a listen. There's a truly inspiring "Hopla!" in the German. makes my fangs come out -- sweetly and charmingly of course -- when I hear it.

Posted by: Ron Sullivan at August 6, 2005 04:49 PM