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Lyrics - Molly the Bold
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give me a river coverCome sailors and seamen, my stout-hearted braves
Start minding your manners while out on the waves
For if you're offensive to females, I'm told
You risk getting keelhauled by Molly the Bold
She'll snap off your spreaders, she'll scuttle your rigs
She's out wreaking havoc on chauvinist pigs
If you think that she'll let you escape with your lives,
You'd better be good to your girlfriends and wives.

She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye
She wears a red sash and boots up to her thigh
Her hair it runs wild, her legs go unshaved
They call her the Terror of Chesapeake Bay.
Now, Molly was once just a sea captain's wife
She'd never set foot on a boat in her life
Some say she was brainwashed (some say she was forced)
To sign herself up for a Womanship course
She studied the rigging, she studied the spars
Studied the compass, she studied the stars
In one weekend flat, she learned every detail
So she and her captain set off for a sail.
She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye
They'd just left the dock when her husband cut loose
With language that only a sailor might use
It wasn't so bad until Molly inferred
Her sweetheart was actually talking to her
Not that way! he'd holler. Heave harder! he'd cuff
By evening poor Molly had had quite enough
A kick sent him flying right over the side
Then she trimmed in the jib and slipped out with the tide
She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye
While Molly was sailing toward Thomas Point Light
She spotted a raceboat all sheeted in tight
The owner she knew was a nice guy at work,
But out on his boat he became such a jerk
And as Molly watched him berate his poor wife
She suddenly saw her new mission in life
She ran him aground on the Thomas Point Shoal
And strung him up on his own spinnaker pole.
She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye
Then Molly was headed across Eastern Bay
When an old Navy yawl came a lumbering her way
And there in the stern with his mouth in full gear
The captain was teaching his girlfriend to steer
That the girl was in tears testifies to the fact
That that captain's tactics were lacking in tact
So Molly decided that she would pull rank
And she made the old codger walk off his own plank.
She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye
With blood on her hands and a sneer on her lips
Molly's out looking around for more ships
And women are starting to say that she's swell
This miscreant maritime libber from Hell
So you captains take warning and heed what I say
While you're out sailing the Chesapeake Bay
Take warning from me and be good to your girls
Or the next boat you pick on is bound to be yours!
She's a knife in her teeth and a patch on her eye . . .

©  Janie Meneely

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