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Treasure Islands & Pirates
(Where the Sea meets the Sand)

Here are the lyrics and some background material on the songs and music.
(N.B. At the end of these notes are the music publishing credits).

1) Song Title: Heave Ho (Feat: Andrew Cunningham) – Track time 3:25
Heave Ho, Heave Ho – Lay me down gently, boys – Lay me down low – Heave Ho - Did I imagine it? – Was it just a book? – Are pirates just a fantasy like Captain Hook? - And Captain Blood? – Like a pirate-ride at Disneyland, and all that stuff? – Was it the film I watched? – Or was it all the rum? – But I fell asleep, on the couch, slept like a log – And I was back in Old Jamaica – In a pub down by the quay – A sailor stood up with his jug, and he began to sing… began to sing - And it’s Heave Ho – Heave Ho – Lay me down gently, boys – Lay me down low – Heave Ho.. - So I had a dream – that much is true – I was back in Old Jamaica, with a pirate crew – And they sang and they swayed – To a song from a Golden Age – All the pirate guys – Yes, and women, too – There was a pirate lady standing there – cockatoo feathers in a hat on her head – Drinking her rum and wiping her lips – She said ‘I’ve read your mind, boy – We’ve just gone back in time’ – And it’s Heave Ho…

2) Track Title: Captain Kidd’s Treasure: Track time 3.22 – Captain Kidd was a modern pirate for the times he lived in. A scot and minstrels wrote songs about him like they did about ‘Bloody’ Morgan. Kidd even had a house on Wall Street in New York. He did a deal with the British King who ‘made him’ what they call a privateer and gave him a letter of protection in return for a share of the spoils that he brought home. Of course, when it all went wrong and Kidd was tried in the Great Hall at Westminster, his letter had disappeared, the King denied everything, and the Cap’n was hanged at Execution Dock. Recently Kidd’s greatest treasure hoard was found and it’s now being salvaged from the bottom of the sea.

3) Song Title: Nelson’s Blood (A song for the Royal Navy both past and present) (Feat: Eli– Track time 3:19. 
- Every day in the Navy they gave all the sailors some rum – Every day in the Navy they’d get out the ladle and everybody could come – The sun is over the yard-arm, boys – Twelve o’clock and all is well – Johnny Foreigner’s down in Davy Jones’ Locker - and damn them all to hell – We’ve got Nelson’s Blood – We’ve got Nelson’s Blood – Some call it heaven or Old Kill-Devil – But we call it Nelson’s Blood – Every day in the Navy they gave all the sailors some rum – to keep the boys sweet while they’re polishing all of the guns – The sun is over the yard-arm boys…  – On a boat you know you got nowhere to go, but over the side in the drink – So you need all the help you can get every day – To stop you from bloody-well going insane… – We got Nelson’s Blood  - We got Nelson’s Blood…

4) Title: The Barbary Coast – One of the ‘Grand Themes’ from the Discovery Channel 13-part TV series called Pirates - Track time 2:55. – The ‘Barbary Coast’ was a lot of the coastline of North Africa. Their pirates very strong and organised. They not only sailed the seas in search of plunder they also raided coastal towns and villages around Europe and took a lot of slaves.  The theme is an instrumental but when I wrote it I had two lines of lyric running through my head. One was: ‘Don’t get caught boys, don’t get caught. These are dangerous waters, so don’t get caught.’ And the other was ‘Bring me the fragrant woods of the East.’ – from an old poem, maybe?

5) Song Title: Close To The Rope (Feat: Mick Flynn) - Track time 1 min only - It’s more like a boast than a real song. Like someone throwing their fear to the wind or something made up on the spot in a tavern by a sailor or a smuggler who’d had a few drinks and trying to take his mind off the danger by remembering all the famous captains he’d ever ‘served with’.
- I’ve been sailing close to the wind all my life – Ever since I was a boy I’ve been looking for a fight – I’ve always been, three sheets to the wind – But since I joined the Brethren of the Coast – I’ve been sailing close to the rope – Sailing close to the wind is only living on the brink – But sailing with the Brethren of the Coast – Is like sailing close to the rope – And I’ve sailed with Captain Hawkins – I’ve sailed with Henry Morgan – I’ve sailed with Thomas Tew, boys – And Black Bartholomew – I’ve sailed with Ching Chi Ling – I’ve sailed with Captain Kidd – Out of the port of New Orleans I’ve sailed with Jean Lafitte.…

6) Song Title: My Best Friend’s Clothes – (Feat: Ray Caruana) – Track time 2:50: The title is taken straight from pirate folklore: When a condemned man had been languishing in prison until they were hanged, they were allowed to wear a clean set of clothes on their last day – if they could get hold of any, that is. It also became a euphemism for writing to someone – like a sweetheart - to tell them you were about to die but you still loved them:
- You know I’d like to see you one last time tonight – But I know it would only make you cry – And that’s why I’m writing you this note, so you’ll know – Tomorrow I’ll be wearing my best friend’s clothes – Tomorrow I’ll be wearing my best friend’s clothes – And you know his clothes are nothing to write home about – They’re torn and tattered and scarred and frayed – Like me, they’ve been all over the place – But I’ll wear them like a Lady’s Favour on my last day – I’ll tip my hat, bow to the crowd, and be on my way -  A short life but a merry one is all that you can hope – A sour look or two from the good folks as you choke – A short life but a merry one is all that you can hope – And tomorrow I’ll be wearing, tomorrow I’ll be wearing, tomorrow I’ll be wearing my best friend’s clothes –

7) Song Title: Fill My Coffin With Rum – (feat: Mick Flynn) Track time 3.42. This is to do with the old phrase ‘Tapping the Admiral’ which is what the coffin guards often did to get a drink when a high-ranking Royal Navy man had died and being shipped home preserved in a cask of booze for proper burial. The guards would insert a screw-in tap through the wood to siphon-off drink and the cask would have to be topped up next morning.  Admiral Lord Nelson came home from Trafalgar in brandy, pirate captains may have come home in rum.
- Fill my coffin with rum, boys - Ship me back home on the morning tide – Fill my coffin with rum, boys – Be sure that it covers my eyes –
Fill my coffin with run, boys – Ship me back home on the morning tide – Don’t tap your captain – Wait till I make home - Then you can drink all the rum that I lie in tonight – Then you can drink all the rum that I lie in tonight –
Top up my coffin each morning, boys – A good rum soaks into the oaken wood – Good rum soaks into your timbers – And sure does a buccaneer good –
Set my bed by the grave, boys - Put one musket ball through my heart – You can hold your mugs under my bed – And see how the white rum turns red

8) Song Title: Execution Dock – (Feat: Ray Caruana) – Track time 2:24 – The condemned were taken by cart from Newgate Jail to Execution Dock at Wapping. But the trip was always considered to be the ‘Prisoner’s Last Walk’ –
Today in London there’s a carnival – But the flags are all black as hell – As the sun comes up over Cheapside – To the sound of Newgate Bell – The rum’s all gone but the chaplain’s on a roll and we all wish he’d stop – We’ve an appointment with the Admiralty out on Execution Dock – They’ll gather on boats out on the river, I’m told – In search of a dying’s better view – But that won’t mean much this morning, boys – To the likes of me and you – They’ll eat mutton pie and drink spicy wine till all our eyes go crossed – We’ve an appointment with the Admiralty out on Execution Dock – It’s a ‘long walk’ back through the streets of the East End where I come from – Have I been all around the world to die just half a mile from home – To a banging of a drum – And the Rogue’s March played – And a tin penny-whistle that a blind man made – Oh, God, let’s get it done now before the rum wears off – We’ve an appointment with the Admiralty out on Execution Dock…

9) Song Title: I’m Just A Sailor (Feat: Andrew Cunningham) – Track time 3:) –
- Battles come and battles end – But the sounds go round in your head – There’s nothing you can do but fight – Nothing you can do but try to stay alive – I was press-ganged when I was seventeen – Went from the Navy to a privateer – But a privateer is just a pirate in disguise – And there’s nothing you can do but try to stay alive – And when a ship comes on the horizon – Just before the cannonballs start flying – We raise a flag, they raise a spyglass saying  - Who are you today, are you pirates or the Navy? – Who are you today, are you plundering or trading? – I’m just a sailor – I’m just a sailor – I’m just a sailor heading for the watery grave – I’m just a sailor, but I’d like to make some money and go home…
- Women come, and women know, when they wave goodbye – Down on the docks as the sun comes up – ‘See you next time’ (they say) – ‘And try to stay alive’ – Money comes and in a game of chance – The die is cast in the tavern candlelight – But if you win, when you go back outside – Watch out for the knife, boy, try to stay alive – Who are you today, are you pirates or the Navy? – Who are you today, are you safe or are you danger? – Who are you today, are you chasing or escaping? – I’m just a sailor…

10) Track + song titled: White Powder Pirates/In China (In China Feat: Terri Stevens) – Track time 2:49 – The instrumental is ‘the strut’, the sound and sharp movement of drug smugglers, cocaine pirates, standing up in the sea spray in their fast boats coming back from the Mother Ship – after maybe doing a few lines of their own stash. The song is about old China and new China but in the end beware of what was always called The Pirate Wind.
- In China, a long time ago – Long before the Opium wars – There were fleets of pirate junks – Six hundred tons with thirty guns or more – And they feared nobody from the Yangtse River to Hong Kong – No, they feared nobody – And in around Canton, a thousand pirate junks – Like a floating city in the bay – And they feared nobody from the Yangtse River to Hong Kong – No, they feared nobody – In China, a thousand years is nothing – It’s just almond blossom falling from the trees – In China, a thousand years is nothing – It’s just almond blossom floating on the breeze – But in China, when those almond petals reach the South China Seas – You’d better be armed to the teeth – When that breeze turns into the Pirate Wind…

11) Elba – a Grand Theme from the Discovery Channel series called Treasure Islands. – Track time 2:02 – Elba became a ‘modern’ treasure island late in WW2 when the allies invaded Italy and Mussolini moved quickly to stash away 4 tons of gold from the Italian State Bank, loads of jewels and money and art treasures - as well as the Ethiopian royal crown. Il Duce planned to send it up country at night from Rome in a fast convoy to Milan, en route to Germany. It never made it. Legend says the treasure was hi-hacked by the SS who drove it to an estate near Pisa once owned by Princess Pauline Borghese – Napoleon’s sister. From there it went by boat to the island of Elba where it was hidden in the old iron mines and shafts which had been worked for over 2000 years. However, the boat – called The David - sunk on the way back with all on board so the location has been ‘lost forever’.

12) Song Title: A Dress To Match The Sky (Feat: Madge Conacher)) - Track time 3:54 – This is about a lady pirate, a romantic, who once felt so fearless and so lucky that she felt almost omnipotent. So she rode her luck. But in the end you quit or you die - it’s the percentages: 
- I could hold out my hand and catch a pearl in a hailstorm – I could ride a rainbow on the coat-tails of Abraham – But I let men take advantage like a child’s hand in my pocket – I was all legs and wings, with my back teeth drowned in wine – Oh, but that was long before I saw the Hangman smile – And in those days I, in those days I, always picked out a dress to match my eyes – I always picked out a dress to match my eyes - And if seagulls are the souls of dead sailor-boys and girls – Let me join them on the wind tonight – Let me dream that I’m a girl again picking out a dress in London – And tonight I’ll pick out a dress to match the sky… – I could charm a snake back into a basket – Take that penny whistle, and make the charmer dance – But I took too many chances when I could have played it safe – I thought I was touched with the hand of luck – I could sail between the rain – Oh, but that was long before I saw the Hangman smile – And in those days I, in those days I – Always picked out a dress to match my eyes…

13) Theme + Song: The Lady Pirates/Ballad of Anne Bonny. (feat: Terri Stevens) – This Grand Theme is from the episode of Pirates called The Lady Pirates. And there were a few from around the world. However, the track has a distinctly Irish feel for that most famous lady pirate of all time. Anne Bonny (neé Cormac) from County Cork and who went to live in Charleston, South Carolina, with her crooked lawyer father who was running off with the housemaid. - N.B. My brother Chris and I found the re-vamped Cormac family recorded as members of a church congregation in Charleston and Anne was a child. When she grew up she joined up with another lady called Mary Read. They dressed and fought like men and sailed the Caribbean with ‘Calico’ Jack Rackham. The lyric tells her story in a linear fashion. But what finally happened to her? Well, while she was pregnant – and with Jack hanged and Mary dead - she was spirited away from prison in Jamaica – And she had some help because when asked everybody just shook their head: ‘They’d never see her go...’
She came from County Cork – On the cold coast of Ireland – her daddy was a lawyer – They moved to South Carolina – She grew up fast – She grew up wild – He couldn’t keep her in line – No, he couldn’t keep her in line - so he gave up trying, he gave up trying – And in Charleston her father fell in with the pirates – He acted as their go-between – And he sold what they stole – he took his fat percentage – One day they took his daughter – This is how it happened – This is how the story goes… A pirate stole Anne Bonny’s heart like a pirate’s always done – And it goes to show that love can grow – from the barrel of a cannon or a gun – In Charleston…in Charleston – A pirate stole Anne Bonny’s heart – Captain Calico Jack was her lover – And Mary Read her friend – They rampaged over the Caribbean – Thought it would never end – But the Navy caught `em all drunk one day – Except for Mary and Anne – And the two girls tried to fight `em off – But they didn’t stand a chance – And on the morning that Jack hanged – He asked to see his Anne – She said Jack you wouldn’t be hangin’ like a dog – If you’d fought like a man – So Jack went to the gallows – Mary died of Prison Fever – And when Anne Bonny disappeared everybody said they’d never see her go – Everybody said they’d never see her go… 

14) Track Title: The Tarry Buccaneer: - After John Masefield (Feat: Mick Flynn) – St. Mary’s Bay was a pirate hangout in the Indian Ocean.  
Where is the trader of Old London Town? – his gold on his capstan – His blood on his gown – He’s up and away for St. Mary’s Bay – Where the liquor’s not cheap – But the lassies are free – And I’m going to be a pirate with a big brass gun – On an island beyond the far-setting sun – and a gallon of grog when my days work is done – Like a Rum old Boy – Like an Old Saltwater – With pitch on his beard like a Tarry Buccaneer – Where is the sailor pressed into the Navy? – Where’s the young buck who ran off to sea? – He’s up and away for St. Mary’s Bay… It’s a long way from London to St. Mary’s Bay – It’s a long way from here back to Old Newgate Jail - And he’s up and away to St Mary’s Bay… -

15) Song Title: When We Were Kids - (Feat: Andrew Cunningham) – Track time 2:54 – For my brother Chris who was in the Royal Navy and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina -  Song opens with a news bulletin: ‘This is the BBC World Service. It was reported in the South China Seas today that a band of pirates was captured when the Chinese Navy boarded a ship off the coast of…’ 
- Oh, they gave it out on the radio – There were pirates on the High Seas, again – Oh, they gave it out on the radio – There were pirates on the High Seas again – And it took me back down through the years – My brother and me we were buccaneers – The Jolly Roger flew in our backyard – And on Saturday morning movies I was Captain Kidd, when I was a boy – Found out today that I never grew up – Felt that wicked smile upon my face - When I found out there were pirates on the High Seas, again – My brother lives in the USA and I called him from a bar – I said do you remember when we sailed the High Backyard? – Our ship was just a cardboard box – And our rum was ginger fizz – But we chased a Golden Galleon from Manila to Cadiz – And we buried all the treasure down behind Dad’s garden shed – But our gold was just a penny-jar in a beer-cooler treasure chest – And our pirate ship was blown to bits at the Battle of the Spanish Main - Or did Mum say it’s time for bed? – Or did it just get left out in the rain? - Now they tell me that there’s pirates on the High Seas, again – Now they tell me that there’s pirates on the High Seas, again…

16) Theme From Treasure Islands - Main Title Theme from the Discovery Channel TV series. – Track time 3.48 - I revamped the original tune; made it both old and new. The lead instrument is a rum bottle which I bought and emptied ‘very carefully’ while occasionally hitting it with a drumstick creating ‘a sound’ until a tuning device told me the sound was a perfect C. And then we got ‘new’ and loaded that C note into a sampler to create the chromatic scale for Rum Bottle. I was then able to ‘play-in’ the theme using a normal midi keyboard – and then add drums and bass guitar and effects and couple of dodgy v/overs – ‘Blackbeard be merciful? - Does the Devil pray?’       

17) - Song Title: Rum – (Artist: Alan Williams) – Track time 4:06 – I co-wrote this song with Alan, who was/is lead singer with the original Rubettes. 
- Rum, Rum, Rum…I love to sit in the bar and drink rum – Rum, Rum, it’s all down to rum – Hey, bartender won’t you bring me some rum? – And I’ll be happy for the rest of my life – In the Spring a young man’s thoughts turn to love (with a Hey-Ho, shiver me timbers) – In the summer a young girl hears church bells and doves (With a verily, verily, jubal down dey) – In the autumn the gold falls down from above - There’s a bun-in-the-oven – I’m dad and she’s mum – And it’s all down to, all down to, all down to, all down to – Rum, Rum, Rum – I love to sit in the bar and drink rum – And it’s Rum, Rum, Rum – One double rum and I’m sitting in the sunshine – Rum, Rum, Rum – Hey, bartender won’t you bring me some rum? – And I’ll be happy for the rest of my life – Hey, Bartender won’t you bring me some rum? – My head’s in a spin and it’s raining again – Hey, Bartender won’t you bring me some rum? – And I’ll be happy for the rest of my life – In the winter the sun in a bottle of rum warms your heart – On cold winter’s nights when your motor is slow and won’t start – Rum, Rum, Rum… 

N.B. All the *songs are 100% copyright Neal Jefferies – PRS, London, UK - except for track *17 which is copyright Neal Jefferies, PRS/Alan Williams, Jonalco Music.
Instrumental track #2 is 100% copyright Neal Jefferies also track 10.
 Tracks 4, 11, 16, are a 50/50% split copyright between Neal Jefferies, PRS and the Welsh Fourth Channel Authority (administered by EMI Music Publishing Ltd),
On track 13 where there are two parts (i.e. An instrumental + song - as in track 13) the Instrumental part of the track is the copyright of both Neal Jefferies and The Welsh Fourth Channel Authority, the song part 100% Neal Jefferies.