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Bardic Arts

A Squire's Life For Me

Colin MacLear
Written with Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda and Aelf of King’s Crossing
Beltane Coronation, May, AS XXXVI (2001)

The the Tune of Disney's "A Pirate's Life For Me"

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
We polish their armor, long hours we spend
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
Do dishes, break camp, hear their tales without end
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
They dress us in Germans and silly striped hose
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
They gift us with red belts that bleed on our clothes
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
We’re marked with their arms, for our faults they atone
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
The ladies we love they may take as their own
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
For wisdom and training we begged on a knee
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
The pells we must be for the whole chivalry
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
Alone in the night-time they wail and they weep
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
They send us to Darkwood to steal them a sheep
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!
And then, just to taunt us in our misery
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]
They constantly tell us “Someday, you’ll be me”
     [Drink up me hearties, yo ho!]

     Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a squire’s life for me!


This is from Colin's CD and accompanying booklet "Bardic Fire", which contains pieces that Colin created and performed during his tenure as Bard of the West.


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