A pirate wench I be
Come sail the seas with me.
We’ll curse and fight and drink all night!
We’ll laugh and sing and fear nothing!
Fine strumpets all,
Come heed my call.
There’s freedom to be had
And ye needn’t be a lad.
We’ll rob the rich and sink their ships,
Female ye be? We’ll call ye matey.
The men we ransoms, or if they be handsome
We steals a kiss and spends the night.
In sweet delight.
If captured we do be
We struts and smiles quite prettily
We winks and nods at all we sees,
We acts so sweet and winsome.
We’s so demure and very pure…and then some!
If convicted we do be of foul & wicked piracy,
No noose we fears.
We sheds some tears.
And then we pleads “our Belly!”
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(Pleading the belly was a process available at English common law, which permitted women pregnant with late stage fetuses to receive a reprieve of their death sentences until delivery. The famous female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read both used this plea to delay execution although Read died of fever in prison. (Bonny's fate is unclear.)
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