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Question #91026 posted on 03/27/2018 7 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am trying to find a song I heard once a few years ago. All I remember is that:

it's kind of folks-y
follows a narrative
a man and woman are in love but do not end up together (he might be a pirate?)
she marries someone else, has a child
he finds her and convinces her to leave with him
there's a lyric about her making the decision to leave her child
later [on a ship?] there's a storm and death is eminent, she laments leaving her child

That's all I got. Anything?

-Pirate Love Song

A:

Dear Elizabeth Turner,

Alas, I have searched high and low on the seas of the internet,but did not find your song. I'm sorry, but despite the clues I could not find the song you seek. If any readers know of the song please leave a comment below. Although I have failed in your quest, I did find a compilation album of old pirate shanties titled Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys. It's chock full of good old pirate tunes if you're into that kinda stuff.

Peace,

Tipperary

P.S. FYI, although most of the songs are clean, a few have foul language, as would be expected of pirate songs.

posted on 03/28/2018 9:58 a.m.
Dear,

It doesn't fit your description 100%, but The Mariner's Revenge Song by the Decemberists might be what you're looking for.

It explains the connection between two sailors: the older one had a fling with the other's mother, who was a widow. Then the left her, saddling the mother with his debts and disease, and she eventually died, but not before she requested that her son take revenge on this man.

So there's an out-of-wedlock romance that didn't work out, and a bunch of leaving (including separated mother and child), and a tragedy at sea, though they're not arranged in quite the way you describe. But if your ability to remember song lyrics are like mine, this may be your song, anyway. Good luck,

-Uffish Thought