The Real Bill McCoy

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lyrics

The name is McCoy I'm a brick mason's boy
I'm a honest boat builder by trade
I hail from Holly Hill and my friends call me Bill
But I've buried that name in my wake
Work as hard as we can me and my brother Ben
But lately the work has been slow
Hard times they come and hard time they go
But these hard times won't leave us alone

Leave us alone, leave us alone

The railways came in and the highways began
We sold the boat yard up in Jacksonville
So to Gloucester we went gave them every last cent
And left with Henry L. Marshall
The Marshall was fast and we couldn't be kept
We ran rum from Nassau to Maine
Whiskey and rye, champagne and wine
New York won't be dry not today

I'm an honest boat builder is what I use to say

My veins remain clean not a trace of the drink
But what a man needs who's to say
Still the best I assure the uncut the pure
The only thing watered down is the bay
We couldn't be bought stayed ahead of the law
We stay safe three miles off the shore
Supply and demand greenbacks in both hands
These hard times ain't so hard no more

I'm an honest lawbreaker but I carry my weight

The name is McCoy I'm a brick mason's boy
I'm a honest boat builder by trade
It was a calm quiet night not a cloud in the sky
But hurricane Perkin's awaits
The orders came in when one ship turned to ten
And the storm rolled right in off the port
The thunder was swift it ain't hard to admit
There really ain't much worth dying for

I'm an honest bootlegger so give me my pay
There's holes the Marshall and booze in the bay
It's all over brother so anchor's away
I walked on the water and got wrecked in the waves

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from Raise the Rent, released December 1, 2015

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