From the album Mountain Rose

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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