A Professional Pirate

When I was just a lad looking for my true vocation
My father said “Now son, this choice deserves deliberation
Though you could be a doctor or perhaps a financier
My boy, why not consider a more challenging career”
Hey ho ho
You’ll cruise to foreign shores
And you’ll keep your mind and body sound
By working out of doors
True friendship and adventure are what we can’t live without
And when you’re a professional pirate
That’s what the job’s about

Now take Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish all despise him
But to the British he’s a hero and they idolize him
It’s how you look at buccaneers that makes them bad or good
And I see us as members of a noble brotherhood
Hey ho ho
We’re honourable men
And before we lose our tempers we will always count to ten
On occasion there may be someone you have to execute
But when you’re a professional pirate
You don’t have to wear a suit….. what?

I could have been a surgeon
I like taking things apart
I could have been a lawyer
But I just had too much heart
I could have been in politics
Cause I’ve always been a big spender
And me…I could have been a contender
Some say that pirates steal and should be feared and hated
I say we’re victims of bad press it’s all exaggerated
We’d never stab you in the back, we’d never lie or cheat
We’re just about the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet

“Tell the truth lad – do you really think the captain and the squire are planning to share the treasure with the likes of us?  And we being the rightful owners, who shed our blood getting it here!  Join us, lad!  Donate your compass to the treasure hunt, and get a full share!”

Hey ho ho
It’s one for all for one
And we’ll share and share alike with you and love you like a son
We’re gentlemen of fortune and that’s what we’re proud to be
And when you’re a professional pirate
You’ll be honest brave and free
The soul of decency
You’ll be loyal and fair and on the square
And most importantly
When you’re a professional pirate
You’re always in the best of company