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For the Love of Pete

from Skull & Magpies by the Mad Maggies



a sea-going adventure, celtic/pop/swing hybrid




The news spread fast on Sideways Pier
that Captain Pete had disappeared
They said his bark had run aground
and his crew could not be found

He’d gone a sailing in pursuit
of guns and rum and Spanish loot
but anything can happen on the deep, deep blue sea

Now Sally Doogan loved that man
despite his tendency to cheat, love of drink, rotten temper, stinky feet, missing teeth
And though she’d never been to sea
she swore to rescue Pete.

She bought a sloop and named it Belle
and bid her simple life farewell
as anything can happen on the deep, deep blue sea

Their first day out a storm befell upon that poor ship Belle
The second day they lost their way in fog and heavy swells
Undeterred they spent the third mending line and sail
On the fourth they made some progress till they bumped into that whale

The giant creature slapped his flukes and took a look around
And as he dove beneath their hull he sang a lovely sound
Every hand scanned the sea concerned of his return
That’s when they saw the pirate ships coming up astern

Oh for the love, oh for the love
Oh for the love, oh for the love

Those scoundrels sought to seize Sal’s sloop
but in their midst there came a whoosh
the whale exhaled, the rogues were spooked,
their leader begged a truce

So Sally commandeered their fleet
replete with gold to Port Royal
There’s danger but there’s booty on the deep, deep blue sea

On shore the captain Sally spied
two rum-soaked wenches by his side
And in a flash she saw the truth
She’d rather be a mariner than married to that brute!

So drink up Hearties, rest a spell
for now we’re rich with tales to tell
Tomorrow we’ll be back upon the deep, deep blue sea


from Skull & Magpies, released January 1, 2009

Michael Ashby: bass guitar
Johny Blood: tuba
Adrian Gormley: alto sax
Lawrence Jarach: trombone
Maggie Martin: accordion, vocals
Bill Schwartz: drums
Rhian Robinson: clarinet, whistle
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars

Written by M. Martin

Recorded and mixed at Wally Sound, Oakland, California
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track

Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California


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