Le Corsaire Le Grand Coureur / The Corsair The Great Runner

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Trad., translation from French by McKenna

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The corsaire the grand coureur
a vessel of disaster
when the fleet leave the shore
in pursuit of enemy
The wind, the waves, and the war
turn against these men of sea

CHORUS

C'mon all hands hooray
C'mon all hands hoorah!

Allons les gars, gai, gai,
Allons les gars gaiement.

Il est parti de Lorient
Avec bell' mer et bon vent.
Il cinglait bâbord amure,
Naviguant comme un poisson.
Un grain tomb' sur sa mâture
V’là le corsaire en ponton.

REFRAIN

Allons les gars, gai, gai,
Allons les gars gaiement.

C'mon all hands hooray
C'mon all hands hoorah!

We must repair for the race
hoist the sails at a pace
whilst we work with good cheer
Look to the starboard, sail ho!
And sure enough a great
ship appears
The carronades signal our foe

CHORUS

C'était un Anglais vraiment
A double rangée de dents,
Un marchand de mort subite.
Mais le Français n'a pas peur ;
Au lieu de brasser en fuite
Nous le rangeons à l'honneur !

REFRAIN

With heavy fire danger grows
we return them blow for blow
and the beards of the brave
are steaming in the fight.
And then a mist does
drown us like a wave
And the enemy takes flight!

CHORUS

Nos prises au bout de six mois
Ne se sont montées qu’à trois :
Un navir' plein de patates,
Plus qu'à moitié chaviré,
Un deuxième de savates,
Un autre de viande avariée !

REFRAIN

For the battles yet to come
we got feasts second to none
we've rancid lard & beans
vinegar in lieu of wine.
Rotten sea bread fit for a queen
A dose of camphor rise & shine!

CHORUS

Si l'histoire du Grand Coureur
A su vous toucher le coeur,
Faites nous bonnes manières
Et versez vous largement
Du vin, du rhum, de la bière
Et nous serons tous contents.

REFRAIN

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from Ahoy!, released June 25, 2018

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