Lyrics: Grace O'Malley

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Grace O’Malley 
(S. Gothard, W. Gothard, G. Gothard) 
Solana Gothard - vocals, bodhran, recorder 
Willow Gothard - fiddle, vocals 
Greta Gothard - guitars, drum, bass, vocal

Lyrics

Verse 1
Sunrise in the window, a vessel in the bay 
her father was the captain, and he would sail today 
She fed the kitten and the hen, jumped the gate and then 
She cut off her hair, found shoes to wear, to look like one of the men 
Her father he made fun - oh no what have you done 
I know you’d love to come my dear but Grace you’re far too young - and he said 

Pre-Chorus
No woman sails the sea, they would become weak at the knee 
Stay here, be safe, on Erin’s shore just listen here to me 
For you it cannot be, there are dangers out on the sea 
Stay here, be safe, on Erin’s shore just listen here to me 

Verse 2
She felt the sun on her face, the waves beneath her feet 
Her father stood beside her laughing at his own defeat 
She washed the cannon and the gun, jumped the stairs and then 
The captain roared a warning - all hands on deck, my men 
Get down below my lass he said, this danger too shall pass 
My men and I will defend the ship and you will be safe at last 

CHORUS 
I will tell you a story of a girl young and bright 
Red sky at night was her favorite light 
Of saltwater, danger and true bravery 
And the day Grace O’Malley first sailed the sea 

Verse 3
Gunfire overhead, dust fell to the floor 
Grace refused to stay below and crept out of the door 
She climbed the rigging and the mast, looked behind and then 
A man behind her father came, a pirate with dagger in hand 

Verse 4
She leapt down from the mast, her cry alerted the crew 
Onto the pirate’s back she fell, before he ever knew 
Here was an answer to their prayers, victory was theirs 
She saved the ship from pirates and she saved her father’s crew - and they said 

Pre-Chorus
This woman sails the sea, she won’t become weak at the knee 
She is the pride of Erin’s shore, just listen here to me 
For her it will always be a life upon the sea 
She is the pride of Erin’s shore, just listen here to me 


CHORUS

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