Mark Knopfler - Privateering Lyrics

Mark Knopfler Privateering cover art
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Yon's my Privateer
See how trim she lies
To every man a lucky hand
And to every man a prize
I live to ride the Ocean
The mighty world around
To take a little plunder
And to hear the cannon sound

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the roller's thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, we will go
Privateering, Yoh! oh! ho!
Privateering, we will go
Yeah! oh! oh! ho!

The people on your Man 'o war
Are treated worse than scum
I'm no flogging Captain
My God I've sailed with some
Come with me to Barbary
We'll ply there up and down
Not quite exactly
In the service of the Crown

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the roller's thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, we will go
Privateering, Yoh! oh! ho!
Privateering, we will go
Yeah! oh! oh! ho!

Look here there's my Privateer
She's small but she can sting
Licensed to take prizes
With a letter from the King
I love the streets and taverns
Of a pretty foreign town
Tip my hat to the dark eyed ladies
As we sally up and down

To lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the roller's thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, we will go
Privateering, Yoh! oh! ho!
Privateering, we will go
Yeah! oh! oh! ho!

Britannia needs her Privateers
Each time she goes to war
Death to all her enemies
No prizes matter more
Come with me to Barbary
We'll ply there up and down
Not quite exactly
In the service of the Crown

I lay with pretty women
To drink Madeira wine
To hear the roller's thunder
On a shore that isn't mine
Privateering, we will go
Privateering, Yoh! oh! ho!
Privateering, we will go
Yeah! oh! oh! ho!
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Redbud Tree
  • 2 Haul Away
  • 3 Don’t Forget Your Hat
  • 4 Privateering
  • 5 Miss You Blues
  • 6 Corned Beef City
  • 7 Go, Love
  • 8 Hot or What
  • 9 Yon Two Crows
  • 10 Seattle
    CD 2
  • 1 Kingdom of Gold
  • 2 Got to Have Something
  • 3 Radio City Serenade
  • 4 I Used to Could
  • 5 Gator Blood
  • 6 Bluebird
  • 7 Dream of the Drowned Submariner
  • 8 Blood and Water
  • 9 Today Is Okay
  • 10 After the Beanstalk
    CD 3
  • 1 Why Aye Man (live)
  • 2 Cleaning My Gun (unmixed 2–track)
  • 3 Corned Beef City (unmixed 2–track)
  • 4 Sailing to Philadelphia (live)
  • 5 Hill Farmer’s Blues (unmixed 2–track)


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Mark Knopfler
    album: Track in album Privateering
    release date: 2012-8-31
    popularity : 97 users have visited this page.
    genres: Blues Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Blues Rock/Folk Rock
    length: 6:19
    producer: Mark Knopfler
    engineer: Chuck Ainlay and Mark Knopfler
    co-producer: Guy E. Fletcher and Chuck Ainlay
    composer: Mark Knopfler
    lyricist: Mark Knopfler
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): Germany
    format: CD
    barcode: 602537081189
    script: Latin