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Part of being a pirate…

Is not having all of your parts. So goes the chorus of the sing-a-long song from Capt. Rob Temple of the Red Sailed Schooner, Windfall, as he and his daughter led us all at the Ocrafolk Festival Thanksgiving Concert last night. The sold out show at the Community Center featured all kinds of local Ocracoke talent lead by the Molasses Creek folks — Fiddler Dave and Gary Mitchell. Lou Castro of Coyote added slide and dobro to a lot of the selections. Martin Garrish and his 80+ year old uncle Jule sang together. Donald Davis told a wonderful tale of deception over a red coat. Roy Parsons who is easily as old as Jule Garrish and then some played his famous single chord. Cheryl Roberts showed the crowd that a fiddle can be a violin and can play more than bluegrass (not that bluegrass is bad, but she def took us down a classical track with a bit of new Old Time tossed in).
This was a fundraiser for the upcoming 2006 Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival to be held June 3 and 4 on the Island.


  1. I am trying to find the music to the song “Being a Pirate” that you referenced above. Can you help?

  2. Paul

    1/21/2007 at 5:18 pm

    There’s a midi of the song at Mudcat Cafe and lyrics copied at least one place on the net.

    Rob Temple’s version may be on his Rumgagger CD available on Ocracoke or from his website.

    The songwriter is Canadian Don Freed but he’s not offering anything with that song on it as near as I can tell. It’s rumored to be on his cassette tape release Live ARR from Bush League Records (1992).

  3. I just found this song at the url below. Had heard the song couple of years ago at the Feast of the Hunters Moon in W Lafayette, IN. Part of the lyrics are, “Being a pirate is all fun and games, Till somebody loses an ear; … But it’s all part of being a pirate, You can’t be a pirate wth all of your parts …”

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