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Pirate​’​s Bounty

from Exact Change by Sandy Cash

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I’ve never been a swimmer
But the kids are out of school
So I pack ‘em up and drive them
To the local swimming pool
They jump into the shallows
Bodies flashing in the sun
But soon they’re at my deck chair
And begging one by one

Ride me on your back so I can sail across the ocean
Lift me up so I can brave the stormy sea
Hold me in your arms and I’m the fiercest pirate captain
And I’ll rescue you if you’ll believe in me

Now my first grade swimming lessons
Left a memory blue and cold
Dropped with strangers by the poolside
Trying to do what I was told
The teacher saw me waver
And kind, said, try once more
But no matter how she coaxed me
My feet never left the floor
For three whole weeks I faked it
And believed that no one saw
Nine fat zeroes on my swim card
My mom’s silence said it all
Guess she was embarrassed
Didn’t know quite what to say
But I know that I was thinking
On the long ride home that day

Ride me on your back and I can sail across the ocean
Lift me up so I can brave the stormy seas
Hold me in your gaze and I will never more be frightened
And I’ll believe in you if you’ll believe in me

I walk through the water, feel the warmth of the sun
Feel the clutch of their arms that says
I am the one
Once a small, lonely child, now a mother and a wife
Looking back, moving forward
It’s the journey of my life

Still walking through the shadows
But in a very different way
I stand firm as they float weightless
Venturing further every day
The bounty they bestow on me
My glorious pirate crew
Is to know I can weigh anchor
I have sailing still to do
Now my little one’s sweet breathing
Blows a whisper in my ear
And before I feel quite ready
She kicks off and disappears
The bubbles grow more distant
Then her head breaks through the waves
The jubilant girl overboard
That no one had to save

She says, Watch me swim, I’ll show you
How to sail across the ocean
Let me go and I can brave the stormy sea
Held within your love I learned what freedom’s really made of
And I’ll teach you, if you’ll believe in me
I’ll teach you, too, if you’ll believe in me.


from Exact Change, released January 1, 2000
by Sandy Cash, Bud-Man Music/BMI


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Sandy Cash Israel

From the Midwest to the Middle East, American-born singer-songwriter Sandy Cash is a musical storyteller whose thoughtful – and theatrical – performance style is rooted in the songs on which she grew up back in her native Detroit.

Sandy draws on history and present-day politics, while exploring themes such as the sustaining love of family, a commitment to community, and a healthy sense of humor.
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