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A Professional Pirate

by Cynthia Weil
[Am] [G] [Am]
[Am] [G] [C]
[C] [G]
[F] [G] [Am] [G]

When [C] I was just a lad looking for my true vo- [G] cation
My [G] father said "Now [C] son, this choice [Dm] deserves deliber- [G] ation
Though [E] you could be a [Am] doctor or per- [G] haps a finan- [C] cier
My [F] boy why not [C] consider a more [G] challenging ca- [C] reer" [E]

Chorus I
[Am] Hey [G] ho [Am] ho
You'll [Am] cruise to [G] foreign [C] shores
And you'll [C] keep your mind and [G] body sound
by [C] working [G] out of [C] doors
True [Dm] friendship and adventure are what [Am] we can't live without
[G] And [C] when [Dm] you're a [Em] professional [F] pirate
That's [G] what the job's [C] about [E]

[Am] x4 "Upstage Lads, this is my only number!"

Now [C] take Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish all [G] despise him
But [G] to the British [C] he's a hero [Dm] and they idol- [G] ize him
It's [E] how you look at [Am] buccaneers that [G] makes them bad or [C] good
And [F] I see us as [C] members of a [G] noble brother- [C] hood [E]

Chorus II
[Am] Hey [G] ho [Am] ho
We're [Am] honor- [G] able [C] men
And [C] before we lose our [G] tempers
we will [C] always [G] count to [C] ten
On [Dm] occasion there may be someone you [Am] have to execute
[G] But [C] when [Dm] you're a [Em] professional [F] pirate
You don't [G] have to wear a [C] suit
[E] "what?" [Am] x4

I [Am] could have been a surgeon
I love [G] taking things apart
I [Am] could have been a lawyer
But I [G] just had too much heart
I [C] could have been in [Dm] politics
Cause I've [Em] always been a big [F] spender
And [C] me, I [G] could have been a [C] contender

[Am] x4

Some [C] say that pirates steal and should be feared and [G] hated
I [G] say we're victims [C] of bad press it's [Dm] all exagger- [G] ated
We'd [E] never stab you [Am] in the back, we'd [G] never lie or [C] cheat
We're [F] just about the [C] nicest guys you'd [G] ever want to [C] meet [E]

Chorus III
[Am] Hey [G] ho [Am] ho
It's [Am] one for [G] all for [C] one
And we'll [C] share and share [G] alike with you
and [C] love you [G] like a [C] son
We're [Dm] gentlemen of fortune
and that's [Am] what we're proud to be
[G] And [C] when [Dm] you're a [Em] professional [F] pirate

You'll be [Em] honest brave and free
The [G] soul of decency
You'll be [C] loyal and fair and on the square
And [F] most importantly
[C] when [Dm] you're a [Em] professional [F] pirate
You're [Em] always in the [G] best of compa- [C] ny