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The Pirate Of Penance

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: DADFAD   "Joni" Tuning: D75345

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The pirate anchored on a 

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Wednesday 

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And why he came to port I 

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wonder  to see a lady so my 
  

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friends say 

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She dances for the sailors in a smokey cabaret bar 
  

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underground     Down in a cellar in a 

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harbour town 

  
  
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I know he told her love was 

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treasure 

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And they would reap the fullest 

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bounty    He only comes to port for 

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pleasure 

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So when the winds of morning blew the curtains in she woke and 

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found he'd gone    I saw his sails unfurling 

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Thursday dawn 

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The pirate he will sink you with a kiss, he'll steal your heart and sail
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He'll leave you drowning in the flotsam of a broken promise in the bay 

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He came again to see her yes I think they told me it was Saturday 

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I was at sea then   I didn't see them 

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I don't believe what you are 

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saying 

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It isn't true I hardly 

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knew him. Is this some game that you are 

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playing 

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Go ask the dancer she's the one who saw him last the one who 

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drew him here   He hasn't come to me since 

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Spring last year 

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There was a time when he would bring me silks and sandalwood and Persian
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And he would hold me close and tell me sailing stories by the fireplace 

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I was at sea, I tell you I was nowhere near the mentioned murder place 

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Go ask the dancer  She knows the answer 

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She knows the answer 

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She knows the answer 

© 1968 Siquomb Publishing Corp. BMI

 

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