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Murder City Devils – Press Gang Lyrics 10 years ago
Pirates had more rights and less work load on board their ships than they would have in the navy or if they were on a merchant ship. They were also paid much better. Most chose to be a pirate as apposed to being shanghaied into the military by a press gang. "He was smart he got out when he could" I believe refers to our dude joining some pirates and leaving the navy. When a pirate was caught they were almost always executed, and their bodies would often be hung in a gibbet to deter others from becoming pirates. I'm pretty sure that's what the first verse about swingin' in the breeze is about. Also "I can see him from my window they can see him from the water" supports that. The order of events is confusing, but I'm pretty sure there is some pirate stuff in there.

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